Rangers are interested in Maccabi Haifa winger Dolev Haziza according to Israeli outlet Maariv.
There is an obvious connection between the two parties, as Haziza’s agent Adam Kinan has worked closely with Ross Wilson before.
The pair conducted business during Wilson’s spell at Southampton, so that means Haziza could be a realistic target.
Whether we will make a move for him at this time is another question, but we believe he has qualities that could serve us well.
This season Haziza has seven goals and five assists from the left flank and his performances recently won him the Israeli Player of the Month award.
A look at his stats this term give an indication into his style of play, and there are several similarities between him and Ryan Kent.
Per Wyscout, Haziza has an xG of 0.27 compared to Kent’s 0.21, but both are best at running at players with the ball.
Kent fairs better in terms of dribbles, with four per game to Haziza’s 2.9.
That still ranks the former Israeli international above any other Rangers player, including new signing Scott Wright (WhoScored).
That should interest Steven Gerrard, as should the fact he averages three progressive runs per game – Kent has 3.4.
If we signed Haziza he could provide good competition for Kent and deputise when the 24-year-old is unavailable, though that has not happened much this season.
He also has experience.
Two Israel caps and two cup wins in his native country shows he has pedigree, and means he should adapt quickly to life at Ibrox.
After all, he plays for arguably the biggest club in Israel – Maccabi Haifa – who have won the most points in the history of the Israeli Premier League.
That means he should be able to cope with the pressure of playing for Gers.
Haziza also has just 18 months left on his contract, so if we show an interest now we could persuade him to force a move away.
That should reduce his asking price, leading to the possibility of another Wilson bargain.
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