By Joe Ellis

29th Jun, 2022 | 1:10pm

Rangers should pile pressure on West Ham United in Emmanuel Longelo pursuit

Left-back could be a position that Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants to improve within his Rangers squad with uncertainty surrounding Borna Barisic.

The Sun reported on 16 June that Turkish Super League side Trabzonspor were closing in on a deal to sign the 29-year-old Croatian and should he leave, there would be few options for the Light Blues in that department.

Thankfully, there are a lot of options for van Bronckhorst in the transfer market and one of those could be in the shape of West Ham United youngster Emmanuel Longelo.

Rangers have been in the hunt to sign the 21-year-old since 8 June when The Sun reported that van Bronckhorst was keen to sign the Englishman who made his debut for the Irons in the Europa League last season.

Longelo impressed in his first appearance in a European game but has become frustrated at a lack of further opportunities at the London Stadium which has seen interest in his services grow both north and south of the border.

West Ham have already rejected a loan approach for the youngster from English Championship side Queens Park Rangers [Mike McGrath] but his future is still up in the air.

The Athletic report that Longelo is currently in Scotland with David Moyes’ senior squad but we have the opportunity to put some serious pressure on them now.

If we were to table a bid to sign Longelo this summer, he may start to get agitated if West Ham try to stand in his way and the last thing any football club wants is an unsettled player stinking out the place.

He could be the kind of player that comes to Ibrox and settles straight away and, much like James Tavernier on the other side, plays for us for a good seven or eight years which is surely worth the hassle to make a big fuss over signing him now.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues have seen a second bid for this striker rejected as his club stand firm on their initial asking price.