By Joe Ellis

26th Jan, 2022 | 4:52pm

Juninho Bacuna set for return to England as Rangers likely to agree deal

Rangers midfielder Juninho Bacuna looks set to be returning to England as Championship strugglers Birmingham City appear to have agreed a deal, according to the Daily Record.

The 12-time Curacao international only signed for the club back in August but he has struggled to get playing time at Ibrox and now could be about to leave the club.

According to the Daily Record, the Blues are unable to afford Bacuna’s wages at Ibrox but the Scottish champions look likely to agree a deal regardless.

The 24-year-old has not got on with Giovanni van Bronckhorst since his fellow Dutchman took over from Steven Gerrard having rarely featured under the Liverpudlian.

No reason to stay

If he isn’t going to play, then van Bronckhorst is right to allow him to leave, even if the club has to pay a portion of his wages initially.

As Alex Lowry showed in the Scottish Cup against Stirling Albion, there are plenty of talented individuals at the club already who can step up to fill a void should there be a sudden crisis in midfield.

Joe Aribo’s early return from the Africa Cup of Nations has helped their woes even though Ianis Hagi’s injury has ruled him out of the rest of this season.

Bacuna may go on to be a great success in Birmingham but it has been clear for a while that he wasn’t going to be one at Ibrox and the best decision has been made for everyone involved.

The 24-year-old is still hoping to replicate what his brother Leandro has achieved in playing Premier League football, he currently plies his trade with fellow second division side Cardiff City.

In other Rangers news, the son of a former Gers player could be joining the club this week.