By Peter Lynch

26th May, 2023 | 6:45am

Rangers in hunt to sign Archie Brown for over £2m as Borna Barisic crunch talks scheduled

Rangers want to sign Lausanne left-back Archie Brown this summer, with the English defender set to cost in excess of £2million, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

Brown turns 21 this weekend, and has been in Switzerland since 2021 following his move from Derby County.

Current Gers left-back Borna Barisic meanwhile is expected to hold talks with Michael Beale as he enters the final year of his contract.

“Rangers have placed Lausanne’s highly-rated left-back Archie Brown on a list of potential signings,” according to the Scottish Daily Mail (back page and page 79, 26 May). “Turning 21 this weekend, the 6ft 3in defender has claimed five goals and five assists and has played first-team football as both a left-sided centre-half and a left full-back.

“Up for grabs for a fee in excess of £2million this summer, FC Copenhagen have shown an interest along with clubs across Europe.

“First-choice Borna Barisic is poised for talks with Micheal Beale over his future this summer, with his current deal entering its final 12 months.”

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Brown has scored five goals and supplied four assists in 33 Swiss Super League appearances for Lausanne this season, with three goals coming in his last five appearances at left-back.

Getting deals done

Beale really is moving quickly when it comes to transfers, with the Gers boss perhaps moving quicker than any other boss in this area, showing just how keen he is to get deals over the line and have his own players.

Rangers certainly haven’t had the best of seasons, and Beale has found himself under pressure in the role due to the dominance of fierce city rivals Celtic in all competitions in Scotland.

That situation has forced the manager to delve into the transfer market, but perhaps nobody expected him to carry out so much business before the window has even started.

With the potential pursuit of Brown, Beale is definitely looking to the long-term future at the club, which should put the minds of fans at ease, in that their boss isn’t just trying to build a team that he thinks is capable of overcoming Celtic next season and next season alone.

In other Rangers news, one BBC journalist has raved about the Rangers MOTM in the 2-2 draw against Hearts on Wednesday (24 May).