By Joe Ellis

8th Jul, 2022 | 9:10am

Rangers to announce Tom Lawrence signing this weekend, medical done

Tom Lawrence is set to be announced as a Rangers player this weekend as Giovanni van Bronckhorst nears his second summer signing, according to Football Scotland.

The Welsh international captained Derby County last season during the Rams’ most difficult campaign and left Pride Park on a free transfer at the end of June which has seen the Gers accelerate their pursuit.

Rangers are keen to get this deal done as soon as possible and as a result, the 28-year-old has already gone through all the medical checks necessary and passed them with flying colours.

The Light Blues have beaten English Championship side Sheffield United to this capture with Yorkshire Live reporting that the player was keen on a move to Bramall Lane before Rangers turned up in the race.

Despite the imminent announcement, Lawrence is not expected to join van Bronckhorst and his squad in Portugal on their pre-season training camp but instead join up with the group once they return to Glasgow.

Straight replacement

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This is incredibly rapid work from us to go out and sign an attacking midfielder before our current star in that position even leaves, although that is very likely now.

As reported by journalist Fraser Fletcher, Joe Aribo’s rumoured move to Southampton in the Premier League is now thought to be a done deal.

That has meant we have needed to go out and find someone who could replace the Nigerian and we could not have found anyone better than Lawrence, especially for free.

The Welshman was responsible for a lot of Derby’s goals last season as he led them towards a spirited relegation after a 21-point deduction left them with a mountain to climb.

He knows better than most how much you need to fight to get what you desire and that is a trait that van Bronckhorst needs instilling into his side after they narrowly missed out on Europa League success and the Premiership title last season.

In other Rangers news, we simply have to sign this exciting winger after he gave an opposition defender a “nightmare” while playing for the B team.