By Joe Ellis

1st Jul, 2022 | 11:56am

Rangers given stern £8m valuation for Maccabi Tel Aviv ace Oscar Gloukh

Rangers are going to have to part ways with £8million if they want to sign Maccabi Tel Aviv wonderkid Oscar Gloukh, Vladimir Ivic has confirmed.

The Daily Record have reported that the Light Blues have got the 18-year-old on their radar and even sent scouts to watch Israel’s Under-19s side play against England on Friday (1 July).

They also kept a close eye on Gloukh as Israel knocked out France in the semi-finals of the Under-19 European Championships in Slovakia but he would come at a cost.

Ivic, Maccabi Tel Aviv manager, reaffirmed his club’s stance that only a fee of £8million would be enough to tempt them to sell their prized asset this summer given he still has two years left on his current contract.

“We do not want to sell him and we are currently trying to get him to sign a new contract for another four years,” Ivic said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“He wouldn’t be sold unless a team offered £8million for him. The most important thing is that the speculation surrounding his future won’t have any impact on him because he’s a very level-headed kid.”

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Too much

He might be insanely talented and a player who could become a genuine world superstar in the future but you have to look at what he’s worth right now.

The chances are that he wouldn’t immediately force his way into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side given he only made his debut in the Israeli league last season.

He did perform well in the eight league games he played, scoring three times from attacking midfield, but can anybody justify spending £8million on someone with less than 10 league appearances in their career?

We need to stay away from this particular deal for now unless he suddenly stars to an extreme level or Maccabi Tel Aviv drops their asking price significantly because we need players for now, not just for the future.

The squad could still do with another striker along with a new left-back and maybe even a first-choice goalkeeper to replace the ageing Allan McGregor before we can start spending on players who would only join the academy in the immediate future.

In other Rangers news, one youngster we have managed to snap up has chosen Ibrox over Old Firm rivals Celtic and English champions Manchester City.