By George Overhill

7th Jul, 2022 | 4:40pm

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants Tom Lawrence after securing Antonio Colak

Rangers are now targeting free agent Tom Lawrence after wrapping up the deal to sign Antonio Colak, the Glasgow Times reports.

Chris Jack writes that after finally landing the Croatian international the Gers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst now wants to bolster his attack with the Welshman.

There was reportedly heavy interest in his services as his contract at Derby approached its conclusion [TEAMtalk], but it now appears that the Light Blues are going head-to-head with English Championship side Sheffield United.

Now a free agent, it had been suggested by the Daily Mail (27 June) that West Brom were in line to pick up the 28-year-old, but Rangers are apparently not out of the race and the manager is keen on adding him to the ranks.

Colak was the prime target but now that his £1.8million move is sewn up the interest in Lawrence is now set to turn into a targeted run at signing the wide attacker.

Movement

After weeks of tentative movement on the incoming front and focus directed towards holding onto the talent already at Ibrox, both have now changed in a matter of days.

The deal to bring in striker help from PAOK has finally come to fruition, and Joe Aribo is the first of what was expected to be a number of summer exits as he heads to Southampton.

Now that the dam has broken Gio is after a new attacker as he gets ready to lose one.

Despite being relegated with the Rams after their points deduction, Lawrence turned in a very strong season under Wayne Rooney, with 11 goals and five assists in the league from 38 appearances.

That certainly suggests if the club can land his signature he would have an impact as they look to wrestle back the SPFL title.

The future of Ryan Kent is yet to be confirmed as he enters the final 12 months of his contract, so there could be further movement in attacking areas.

But the loss of Aribo’s contribution could be negated if Lawrence arrives in the coming weeks, and as a free agent it is understandably a good financial swap if none of the Nigerian’s fee needs to be spent.

In other Rangers news, one key Ibrox man has been mooted for a free agent move to the Premier League in a year’s time.