Rangers don’t look to be overly concerned with bringing in a whole cast of new players this month.
With the club currently flying high in the Scottish Premiership, and with a good sense of togetherness seemingly pervading the camp, it’s no real surprise that the priority is likely to be getting players off the books rather than bringing them in, as outlined by sporting director Ross Wilson, as per the Scottish Sun.
One name that has been linked with a move to Glasgow, however, is that of teenage Carlisle United defender Jarrad Branthwaite.
As per the Scottish Sun, the 17-year-old is said to be a target for both the Gers and Celtic, with regular scouting missions having been undertaken over weeks.
And Steven Pressley is in no doubt that he would be a worthwhile acquisition.
Speaking to The Herald, he said: “I haven’t heard from either side of the Old Firm yet, but if you are asking me if I think they should act quickly to get him during this window, then I would say absolutely.
“Some people might baulk at the transfer fee it would take to get him and, yes, you might not ideally want to pay that kind of money for a 17-year-old
“But trust me it’s the best investment they could make.
“Whatever they pay for him just now, they will make 20 times that down the line. He’s that good.
“He’s got everything you need to be a top defender. He’s 6’4, he’s quick, and he can absolutely play. For me, he is a future England internationalist. No question about it. That’s how highly I rate him. He’ll go to the very top of the game.”
To be fair, having given him his league debut with Carlisle, there are few people who are better placed to comment on Branthwaite than Pressley.
The youngster is making quite the impression with his performances down in the League Two, but even if he were to come in and be sent straight back out on loan, or spend his time developing his game in the reserves, he would surely be a very, very shrewd investment for the future.
The lad’s potential is sky high, and the Gers must capitalise on that before somebody else does.