By Graeme Hanna

9th May, 2023 | 10:40am

Barry Ferguson backs Auston Trusty move as Rangers transfer news emerges

Barry Ferguson has backed Rangers’ reported chase of Arsenal defender Auston Trusty following a stellar season on loan at Birmingham City, as stated on the Go Radio Football Show [08 May].

The former Ibrox captain still keeps an eye on Birmingham, another of his former clubs and he backed the “powerhouse” USMNT international as a great contender to strengthen a problem position for Michael Beale’s side.

In his debut season in England following a move from MLS side Colorado Rapids, he earned rave reviews along the way, scooping Birmingham’s Player of the Season award.

Ferguson responded when asked what he knew of the 24-year-old.

“A defender, he won Birmingham’s Player of the Season at the awards ceremony a few days ago. He is a powerhouse at the back,” he said.

“I think Rangers need to strengthen every single area, to have better competition for places. He is certainly a player they have been linked with.

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“He’s had a full season in the Championship and that is a tough league to play in. He’s stood out for Birmingham, even though they’ve had a poor season.”

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This is the type of signing that ticks a few boxes for Rangers and Beale.

Trusty is the right age to come in and make an impact as well as holding great potential to return a profit if he develops as expected.

Having been brought to the UK by Arsenal, he was sent on loan to the Championship where his form has earned him a call-up to the US national squad. Despite his progress, he is probably not at the level required to make a breakthrough into Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad.

He is said to be a defender first and foremost, with great strength and a very good competitor. That sounds like a good omen for the physicality of Scottish football, in contrast to the style of Ben Davies who has struggled at times.

The Englishman hasn’t proved his case over the course of the season meaning that an Ibrox exit is on the cards, as quite simply, Rangers need much more from a first-choice central defender and especially from the outlay paid to Liverpool.

A Trusty option could just be the answer.

In other Rangers news, this pundit was amazed by one Gers player after what he saw in Sunday’s win over Aberdeen.