Keith Jackson blown away by Rangers summer business
Keith Jackson has been left impressed with how Rangers have conducted their summer business under Giovanni van Bronckhorst so far after a couple of signings this month.
The Daily Record columnist wrote on 11 July that the Dutchman has suddenly thrown the “kitchen sink” at what is his first proper recruitment drive as the Ibrox manager.
The Gers have already secured “cut-price” deals for Antonio Colak and Tom Lawrence, while Angelo Fulgini and Rabbi Matondo may arrive in the next few days.
“It wasn’t much more than a week ago after all that some Rangers fans were becoming all angsty over their club’s apparent lack of activity in the early days of the market,” wrote Jackson for The Daily Record.
“And yet here we all are, in the second week of July, watching Giovanni van Bronckhorst suddenly throw the kitchen sink at what is his first proper recruitment drive as Ibrox boss.
“The imaginative, cut-price captures of Antonio Colak and Tom Lawrence have lit a fire under the Dutchman’s summer and now it seems likely that van Bronckhorst and director of football Ross Wilson are only just getting started.
“If French playmaker Angelo Fulgini and Welsh wingman Rabbi Matondo also arrive at Auchenhowie over the course of the next few days then the Dutchman – and his head of hiring and firing – will have significantly strengthened the club’s attacking armoury ahead of the new campaign.”
After a month of inactivity, the Gers have made some brilliant signings so far. If they can land Matondo, it would add depth to their wide areas.
As per The Daily Record (10 July), only minor details are left to complete the signing of the pacey winger.
Ryan Kent and Fashion Sakala are already available, players who offer width and pace, and Matondo falls in that category.
It remains to be seen if Matondo’s potential inclusion will have any bearing on the future of Kent who has only a year left on his present deal at Ibrox.
Rangers have money burning a hole in their pocket after Joe Aribo left to join Southampton this month.
The club have moved quickly to bolster their attacking areas, although the 21-year-old Welsh winger is not a like-for-like replacement for Aribo.
Fulgini is another player who has been linked with a move, but the Gers are likely to face competition from Bundesliga club, Mainz, for his signature, as reported by L’Ouest France on 10 July.
Having said question marks still remain on the future of Alfredo Morelos, and that is something the club must address quickly.
The recruitment has been superb so far, but it can get even better.
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