By Joe Ellis

4th Jul, 2022 | 9:10pm

Rangers have avoided a major error by not signing Erik Botheim

Rangers are in need of a new striker for the upcoming season but they may have dodged a bullet in not signing this particular number nine.

The Light Blues were reported to be interested in Norwegian striker Erik Botheim after he quit his contract with FC Krasnodar in Russia due to the ongoing war [BBC journalist Fraser Fletcher].

But those rumours were later quashed by The 4th Official who claimed that there was no longer any interest from Rangers’ side in the 22-year-old striker.

That might have been the smartest decision we will make this transfer window as Botheim is now nearing his next destination and it is not on the same level as us in any way.

According to Norwegian news outlet TV2, Botheim is getting ever closer to agreeing a deal to sign for Italian Serie A side Salernitana who barely survived the drop last season by a single point.

Even though the Italian league comes with a much higher reputation than the Scottish Premiership we are competing in, the relegation fodder in the country of the European champions is at a far lower level than ourselves and we have been very smart to avoid this deal.

Botheim’s goal-scoring record is nothing to really shout about having played in his home nation of Norway for Bodo/Glimt before signing for Krasnodar just months before Vladimir Putin ordered this ongoing war to commence.

We can’t accept mediocrity even if it comes for free so while Giovanni van Bronckhorst would have been understandably tempted by such a cheap solution to his problem, he has saved us from a nightmare by turning down the chance.

In other Rangers news, this Nigerian international is open to joining us at Ibrox next season but there are further reports to suggest that we aren’t so keen on getting a deal sorted this summer.