The injury suffered by Rangers striker Jermain Defoe recently sent the Ibrox club into a tizzy as they looked to get a replacement before the transfer window shut.

They ended up with Florian Kamberi on loan from Scottish Premiership rivals Hibernian until the end of the season.

However, before that there was talk of the club sealing a deal for Burnley striker Matej Vydra, who has been out of favour at Turf Moor for some time now.


It was a move that failed to come to fruition, even if the frontman himself actually wanted to leave Sean Dyche’s side.

Now, the player’s agent Ondrej Chovanec has spoken out on why a move to Ibrox failed to materialise.

“Russian clubs are showing interest in Matej,” he told Sport 24. “But he also had offers from Rangers, Aston Villa and one major Ukrainian club. However, Burnley decided to keep him in the squad. They are short of strikers and that was the reason.

“He still wants to leave. He wants to move to a club where he can show his qualities. He wants to play regularly ahead of Euro 2020.”

Would Vydra have been a good addition for Rangers?

First of all, you can see why he wanted to leave Burnley. He’s played just nine games this season, and hasn’t started a single Premier League match.

His record in the Premier League is poor, just four goals in 43 games. However, if we say that the Championship is a more applicable comparison to the Scottish Premiership, he begins to look like he would’ve been a good signing.

He’s got 65 goals and 22 assists in 187 goals in the second tier, which suggests that he would’ve excelled for Rangers.

However, it didn’t work out obviously. Dyche had to protect his own interests, and that’s what he did.

Rangers ended up getting Kamberi, and he should turn out to be a decent short-term signing for Steven Gerrard’s team.

In other Rangers news, a former England international has been expressing his excitement about the Glasgow giants these days.


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