View: How Rangers could line-up with new signing Tom Lawrence
Rangers recently confirmed the signing of Tom Lawrence, but how could the Europa League finalists line up with their new signing next season?
Lawrence became the Gers’ third signing of the summer after joining the club as his Derby contract expired after suffering relegation with the club last season largely due to the financial issues they suffered. [BBC Sport]
Upon signing for the club, the new signing said: “I am delighted to have joined Rangers and I’m excited to get started.”
How could Rangers line up with Lawrence?
Lawrence came through the youth ranks at Manchester United, leaving the club to join Leicester in 2014 on a permanent basis.
Since then, he had a spell of being somewhat of a journeyman, playing for five other teams, including the likes of Ipswich, Blackburn and Cardiff, before joining Derby in 2017.
It was with the Rams where the winger made the biggest impression making 184 appearances in five years for the club, scoring 37 goals and providing 25 assists.
The former Man United youth player, who played in the same youth team as Jesse Lingard, had his best season last year as he scored 11 goals and provided five assists in 38 Championship games, his best return since the 2019/20 season.
He is a flexible player, being able to fit in many positions across the front line and based on Rangers’ line up in their Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt last season, Lawrence would fit seemingly on the right-wing in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s 4-3-3, most likely replacing Scottish winger, Scott Wright.
Ryan Kent has locked down Lawrence’s preferred left-wing role, and with Ianis Hagi not expected to return until 2023 at the earliest, Lawrence could find himself playing on the right-wing next year.
The Welsh international adds more firepower to the team compared to the former Aberdeen winger, and would probably replace the 24-year-old on the right-wing of the Gers’ attack.
In other news, Kenny Dalglish has stated that he believes Rangers ace Alex Lowry must ‘up a level’ to make first-team step.