By Doug Ward

8th Jul, 2022 | 2:10pm

Tom Lawrence passes Rangers medical, he will join up with van Bronckhorst squad on Friday evening

Tom Lawrence is set to jet out to Portugal to join up with the Rangers squad after passing a medical with the Scottish giants, according to Four Lads Had A Dream.

Four Lads are an official commercial partner for the Gers for the upcoming 2022/23 season and they wrote on their Twitter account on Friday afternoon (8 July) that on Friday evening, 28-year-old Lawrence will meet his new teammates, who are currently at a pre-season training camp in Portugal.

The Wales international has been a free agent since the end of June after his contract at Derby expired.

What a signing

We’ve got to admit, we’re very excited about this signing.

Lawrence is at the peak of his career at the age of 28, he’s joining on a free transfer and he’s going to provide a lot of quality to van Bronckhorst’s attack.

The former Manchester United player can feature as a centre-forward or play off the striker while his favoured position is usually out on the left-wing.

Despite Derby’s relegation from the English Championship – which was mathematically due to their points deduction – Lawrence scored 11 goals and supplied five assists in 37 league appearances.

He wore the captain’s armband for most of those so what Rangers are getting is a free agent who’s versatile, is a leader, can score goals and can create them.

Wow.

Ross Wilson has understandably received some criticism for his time at Ibrox but we cannot fault this deal from the basis of what we know about Lawrence already.

Of course, the real proof of whether or not the Welshman will be a good signing will come as he starts to play for the Light Blues.

But with John Souttar, Antonio Colak and Lawrence, that’s three good signings so far this summer.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are using some of their Joe Aribo-generated funds to seal a new signing at Ibrox.