By Pranav Shahaney

20th Aug, 2021 | 2:39pm

Rangers must sign Crvena Zvezda midfielder Mirko Ivanic

Crvena Zvezda midfielder Mirko Ivanic would be a fantastic summer signing for Steven Gerrard and Rangers.

The Gers midfield has been criticised for being too static in the past few years, and signing the 27-year-old will alleviate those problems.

According to Mozzart Sport, an opening offer of £3million has already been tabled for the Montenegro international and even if it is rejected, Ross Wilson must go back in with a higher offer.

We’re unlikely to sign Joey Veerman from Heerenveen as things stand, and Ivanic could have a similar impact as the Dutchman and would be a considerably cheaper alternative.

While he may not be as young as the Heerenveen attacking midfielder, he is stylistically very similar and it’s a position that desperately needs strengthening.

We’ve signed John Lundstram and Juninho Bacuna this summer, but none of them can play in the number 10/shadow striker-esque role as Ivanic.

While they both offer much more than the Montenegrin defensively, in the final third, he is a different animal and will help add to our creativity and give us a bigger goal-scoring threat in every game.

The data in the graphic above suggests just how influential he is in the final third compared to other midfielders.

What’s extremely noteworthy is just how far to the right he is in terms of xG, xA, touches in the box and passes into the penalty area per 90.

It’s clear that the glaring weakness in his game is his defensive contribution, but if we’ve got two midfielders sitting in behind him, he can be given the luxury to wreak havoc in the final third.

Transfermarkt value the player at £5.85million so it remains to be seen whether our initial offer is accepted by the Serbian club.

Even if it isn’t, signing him for anything under £6million will be a steal and we’ve got to make the most of them being knocked out of the Champions League and bring him to the Ibrox.

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