By Sam Stone

19th Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

Rangers move for Nicolas Raskin could show Ross Wilson plan in action

To say the mood surrounding Rangers is bad is a massive understatement with fans disgruntled with performances on the pitch and decisions from the board.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has caused himself all kinds of problems during the 2022/23 season and is now feeling the heat, with many now calling for his time at the club to come to an abrupt end. Nevertheless, the 47-year-old still remains in charge at Ibrox.

One bone of contention for Gers fans has been the recruitment. The club received some large transfer fees, which have yet to be invested back into the playing squad. The summer of 2022 saw the Gers fork out small fees on the likes of Ridvan Yilmaz, Rabbi Matondo and Ben Davies.

However, could something good potentially be brewing at Ibrox? Voetbalnieuws report (15 November) that Standard Liege midfielder and Rangers target Nicolas Raskin is free to enter pre-contract talks on 1 January. The 21-year-old is out of contract in the summer and could well be a value deal for Ross Wilson to pursue.

If the Gers did land the Belgium under-21 international, then there would be a promising group of younger players beginning to form at Ibrox. Raskin, Matondo, Yilmaz, Leon King, Adam Devine, and Alex Lowry are the makings of a solid future.

Matondo and Yilmaz still need to find some form after their summer arrivals, but both players are still only 22 and 21 respectively. It’s hard to really cast a judgement on them until they’ve become regulars for the Gers.

Signing Raskin could add to a growing pool of younger prospects who could well go on to be successes for the club in the future. Rough seas are clearly still ahead, but in the long term, this could be a good ploy by the sporting director.

It’s hard to be positive at the moment regarding Rangers, but maybe, just maybe, Wilson is trying to build something which is perhaps going unnoticed.

In other Rangers news, the latest Ibrox conspiracy theory drummed up by Celtic fans is ridiculed by Gordon Parks.