By George Overhill

15th Apr, 2023 | 10:10am

Rangers want Marcus Coco for post-Ross Wilson move as Nantes winger makes transfer admission

Rangers want to sign Nantes winger Marcus Coco this summer and he has suggested he could be headed for a summer move, Homme du Match reports.

After the sudden departure of sporting director Ross Wilson to Nottingham Forest this week Michael Beale has assured fans that transfer business is already lined up for him to oversee himself [Sky Sports Scotland, 14 April].

And it appears that Coco could be one of the first on the list, with the 26-year-old’s contract expiring in the summer amid a struggle for game time at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

He had given an interview to Ligue 1’s Twitch channel on 11 April where he made clear that his priority at this stage of his career is to play and implied leaving was on the cards without minutes.

The former Guingamp attacker has made 28 total appearances this season across all competitions, but a large proportion have been brief cameo appearances off the bench, particularly in the league.

As such Homme du Match reports: “According to our information, [the] player could even join Scotland and the Glasgow Rangers club who are interested in him with a view to recruitment for next summer.”

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Right man?

Wide forward is a position that has needed reinforcing for some time at Ibrox, and with Ryan Kent’s future looking increasingly likely to be elsewhere that situation will be increased this summer.

Fashion Sakala has grown in prominence but is a forward more than a winger, while the combined abilities of Tom Lawrence, Ianis Hagi, and Rabbi Matondo have amounted to vanishingly little due to extensive injury issues at the club.

Scott Wright rounds out a group that collectively has had too little impact, but there have to be significant doubts over whether Coco is the answer.

He has a single goal this season in all competitions, and even allowing for his struggle for minutes his record in 242 first team games for Nantes and Guingamp combined is just 11 goals and 14 assists.

When the top Rangers wide man, Kent, is regularly criticised for his lack of end product, not least in comparison to his opposite numbers at Celtic, it surely isn’t going to go down well to potentially replace him with someone who averages a goal or assist roughly once every 10 games.

If the Light Blues are lining him up for a summer move it has an uncomfortable air of targeting a player because they are free rather than because they can make a major difference, amid doubts over the spending power at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, a reported job offer at Ibrox is in dispute after interview claims.