Rangers tipped to explore Scandiavia in 'massive' recruitment drive at Ibrox - pundit
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Tam McManus has backed Rangers to start digging into the Scandinavian transfer market this summer when it comes to recruiting new players.
Celtic have enjoyed great success by using Ange Postecoglou’s knowledge of Australian and Asian football to strengthen the squad at Parkhead since their 10-in-a-row bid fell to bits.
Postecoglou’s found success in unearthing gems at a low cost and then either getting brilliant performances out of them or reaping profits in the transfer market.
McManus believes Rangers can do similar by tapping into the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish leagues, where there’s an abundance of young players who are cheaper than those already within the UK or Western European nations on the continent.
“Recruitment is vital at any club. It’s massive,” McManus told Ibrox News.
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“I think Celtic’s recruitment over the last couple of seasons has been brilliant and as long as you get more hits than misses, you’re going to stay on top.
“Celtic have signed some gems from Japan and South Korea and Rangers need to scour the world for players, they need to get it right this summer.
“You need to get value for money and that’s another thing Celtic have done, they’ve gone into these markets where players don’t cost a lot of money.
“You can bring them in then and sell them on.
“Whether that’s Denmark, Norway or Sweden, wherever that is, Rangers have got to get their recruitment spot on this summer or else Celtic will go further else.”
Over the years, Rangers have had Brian Laudrup and Peter Lovenkrands from Denmark, Robert Prytz and Filip Helander from Sweden, Henning Berg and Tore Andre Flo from Norway and Jonatan Johansson, Antti Niemi and Glen Kamara from Finland.
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