By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

12th Jan, 2023 | 3:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Tam McManus can see Rangers signing Ecuadorian defender William Pacho from Royal Antwerp this month after extensively scouting him.

Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported on 3 January that the Gers have scouted Pacho, 21, “several times” and now want to push ahead with a January deal.

Monaco are also said to be interested in the centre-back, who’s played 26 times in all competitions for Antwerp this season.

While McManus admits he’s not an expert on Pacho, he does believe that the defender’s profile is of someone who can adapt well to the physicality of Scottish football.

Speaking to Ibrox News, McManus said: “Pacho’s not a player I’m aware of but I think Rangers will be scouring Europe to try and get players in.

He’s playing in Belgium at the minute at Antwerp and he’s only 21 years old.

I’m sure Rangers scouts have checked him out plenty of times and they think he’s good enough to come in.

He’s 6ft 2 and Ecuadorians are usually quite rugged and physical.

He could potentially be a good fit for Rangers but it remains to be seen if they go and press that interest home.

But there’s clear interest there from Rangers.”

Former Eurosport journalist Dean Jones told GiveMeSport on 8 January that Rangers believe Pacho is a good fit for them.

Michael Beale and his predecessor Giovanni van Bronckhorst have both had to contend with major injury issues in the defence this season.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are expected to sign this “World Cup star” in January.