By Doug Ward

26th Jan, 2022 | 7:10am

Olimpiu Morutan may emerge as winger van Bronckhorst wants after Rangers news on Tuesday

Giovanni van Bronckhorst may turn his attention towards signing Galatasaray winger Olimpiu Morutan if he wants to strengthen his Rangers squad in the final week of the January transfer window, according to The Scotsman.

The newspaper reports on their website that after it was confirmed on Tuesday [24 January] that Ianis Hagi will miss the rest of the season, van Bronckhorst may be on the lookout for a replacement.

Morutan, 22, has reportedly been touted as a replacement for Hagi if he’s sold this month amid interest from Lyon.

However, the fact Hagi is out for the season means Galatasaray’s Morutan “may emerge as a more viable target should Van Bronckhorst decide he needs to reinforce”.

Interesting replacement

Morutan was first linked with a move to Ibrox last month.

On 17 December, Turkish news outlet En Son Haber reported that the Gers are “serious” suitors for the former Steaua Bucharest winger.

It was claimed that if a good bid came in for Hagi, the Light Blues would consider selling him and had Morutan on their shortlist as a possible replacement.

Hagi isn’t an out-and-out right-winger but he’s been played there a lot at Ibrox by both Steven Gerrard and van Bronckhorst.

While he’s had some strong performances on the right-wing, it’s always been a source of frustration for fans to see the technically-gifted Romanian shoved out wide when he’s at his best in a No 10 role.

But Morutan is a proper winger.

He’s played 33 times in all competitions for Galatasaray this season, scoring four goals and supplying four assists.

The Romania international has mainly played on the right, in his strongest position, while he’s also been called upon to star on the left and in a central role.

Morutan is someone who should be looked into but we’d rather see someone who’s proven in British football come in.

In other Rangers news, six changes are expected in the Gers’ predicted starting line-up to play Livingston.