By Jonty Banks

24th Jan, 2023 | 1:10pm

Brian Laudrup: Todd Cantwell can be given 'freedom to play' under Michael Beale at Rangers

Brian Laudrup believes Todd Cantwell can be given the licence to thrive at Rangers under Michael Beale after completing his move to Ibrox on Monday (23 January), he told the Daily Mail.

Cantwell, 24, was officially announced as a Rangers player after completing his move from EFL Championship club Norwich City.

The versatile midfielder is the first signing of the Beale era since taking the reigns from Giovanni van Bronckhorst, with Nicolas Raskin also close to sealing a move to Ibrox after agreeing on personal terms. [HLN, 20 January]

Former Gers legend Laudrup, writing for the Daily Mail [Tuesday 24 January] and as reported by Rangers Review, was excited to see what the Englishman could bring to Beale’s side in the second half of the season.

He said: “At his best, he’s wonderful to watch.

“He’s one of those guys who can turn a game on its head with creativity. He’s brave on the ball, he wants to take players on and can operate in various positions – as a No.10, on the right and on the left.

“The platform will be there at Rangers. His numbers need to get up in terms of goals and assists. He must handle the expectation, but he has got the ability. Cantwell needs trust. I know that feeling from my own career.

“While my circumstances were different when playing in Italy, I had a real desire to find a club with a combination of freedom to play and career stability.

“Rangers provided that for me. Maybe it will now be the same for Cantwell.”

Creativity

It is brilliant news that the Gers have finally managed to get their first piece of business this month over the line, with Cantwell possessing the quality to make a real impact at Rangers.

The ex-Canaries ace is the type of player who is happy to get on the ball in dangerous positions and drive his team forward. He has an eye for a pass and can also unlock defences with his nimble footwork in the final third.

Although Rangers have been in strong form since Beale’s arrival, they have relied heavily on Ryan Kent for creativity, and Cantwell should hopefully release this burden from the winger’s shoulders.

It isn’t likely to be plain sailing for Cantwell, though. He hasn’t featured for Norwich since 12 November, and that was coming on for a late cameo after 70 minutes, so the playmaker is going to have to work his way up to full fitness before becoming a regular feature under Beale.

In other Rangers news, official club partner says Michael Beale “can’t go on” with current players.