Ex-Rangers striker Marco Negri has tipped a number of Steven Gerrard’s to shine in Serie A if they were to ever move to Italy.
Negri, 50, admits is no secret that he recommended Alfredo Morelos to Udinese a couple of years ago when he was a part of Massimo Oddo’s coaching team.
But the Colombia international isn’t the only Rangers player who Negri believes could do a job in Italy’s top-flight.
“Rangers now have players who would be really good and make an impact in Serie A. Kemar Roofe is an excellent striker, Ryan Kent is an exciting, technical winger,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“And their full-back James Tavernier can’t stop scoring goals.
“In Italy, we think of Scottish football as this awful physical league with high balls and lots of elbows.
“But it’s undervalued and there are teams there who play some great football. There are very interesting players and young players of value.”
They’re not the only ones
Kent, Roofe and Tavernier – especially Tavernier – have been brilliant this season and deserve all the plaudits that go their way but they are not the only players who would be well suited to playing in Italy.
Obviously, we don’t want to see anyone leave Ibrox and head to Serie A but we’re pretty confident that players like Borna Barisic, Ryan Jack, Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo could also do a job in the Italian top-flight.
Hagi is an interesting one because he’s blown hot and cold at Rangers. But we just have the feeling that he’d do well in a league like that where it’s not as rough and the play is a little slower.
That’s not us saying we want him to go, by the way. It’s just that he’s often struggled at Ibrox and it could be that Scottish football takes a bit of getting used to for someone as technical as him.
Negri’s admission about trying to get Udinese to sign Morelos shows that Rangers’ players are on the radars of other clubs.
And with the club losing a lot of money each year, there’ll come a point when selling players is the only way to keep the lights on at Ibrox.
We don’t want to see it but there’ll be a day when some of the high-value players like Morelos, Kent and Glen Kamara are sold to ensure the club avoids anything like what happened in 2012.
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