By Pranav Shahaney

10th Jan, 2022 | 6:38pm

Rangers-linked Albert Gudmundsson unwilling to sign new AZ Alkmaar deal

AZ Alkmaar forward and reported Rangers target Albert Gudmundsson is unwilling to sign a new deal at the club.

That’s according to their technical director Max Huiberts who claims that despite him being in the final few months of his contract, he has not shown any inclination towards extending his stay.

According to The Telegraph, both Gers and Celtic have shown a keen interest in the 24-year-old’s services.

Huiberts told Voetbal International, “Albert has indicated that he will not sign up for the time being.

“On the other hand, Albert knows that if we have to choose between equal players in his position, there is a chance that preference will be given to a player with a permanent contract.”

Pre-contract move?

As he’s in an overseas league, the Icelandic player can agree to a pre-contract deal with Rangers.

This can put the Scottish side in an advantageous position and they could keep him as an option if other targets become unassailable.

Gudmundsson is not known for his goal-scoring exploits, but it is extremely technical and would be a good fit in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

The Gers boss is a Dutchman so it’s no surprise that players from their domestic league have been linked with moves to the Ibrox.

We don’t see signing a wide player a priority in the January window, but the decision makers at the club may think differently.

It remains to be seen whether or not they sign any forwards as the primary interest appears to be in bringing in a central defender.

In other Rangers news, the club have been handed a transfer boost as an English club have dropped out of the race to sign an ‘Incredible’ defender