By Joe Ellis

11th Jan, 2022 | 8:45am

Charlie Nicholas outlines bold Rangers January transfer blueprint

Rangers’ January looks set to be far from quiet with a number of players linked with a move to Ibrox and some linked with moves away.

Former Scotland international Charlie Nicholas has made his views clear on Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s reported plans and suggested that it could be as simple as one in, one out.

He used his Scottish Daily Express column to outline the pros and cons of signing Hearts’ John Souttar while letting Connor Goldson leave if he wishes to.

“John Souttar looks to have his pick of clubs but unless he has a team who could provide him with a possible pathway to the English Premier League then I can see him going to Rangers,” Nicholas said.

“I would also expect Rangers to match what is on the table because he is a free transfer.

“Rangers have made a push for him and by all accounts, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has made his move personally and I think that could have a big sway in his decision.

“I don’t see Connor Goldson staying beyond the end of the season.”

Worth a Gamble

Goldson has long been linked with a move away from Ibrox and the Scottish Premiership with clubs in England keen to bring him south of the border.

With his contract expiring in the summer, now might be the best and last time Rangers get the chance to make a profit on the 29-year-old before he leaves the club for nothing at the end of the season.

And if van Bronckhorst can convince Souttar to switch Edinburgh for Glasgow, Rangers wouldn’t be losing a great deal with their skillset very closely matched.

And being four years younger than Goldson, 25-year-old Souttar could be a player to build around for years to come.

With links to Vitesse skipper Danilho Doekhi as well, Van Bronckhorst could also use the Dutch connection to push that one over the line.

In other Rangers news, one player could be heading out of Ibrox with another Scottish club tabling a bid.