Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that the Ibrox club are zoning in on a new midfield signing with Huddersfield star Juninho Bacuna the increasingly likely option.
Speaking to the press ahead of the Ibrox club’s Europa League Playoff clash with Armenian side Alashkert, Gerrard claimed “strong” progress had been made with a new recruit.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 18, 2021
This coincided with a Scottish Sun report which claimed that the Gers were reigniting interest in Bacuna, 24, who had been linked to Ibrox last season.
Reputable transfer journalist Alan Nixon would then appear on the scene talking up the move and provided several details to salivating fans.
It looks like the deal will be inexpensive and is now likely to be permanent as the Gers appear to make their move for the Dutch-born Curacao midfielder.
Being sorted … https://t.co/1TbaN7F7iY
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 18, 2021
But whilst there’s been mixed reviews at Rangers as many lick the wounds of an apparently failed bid for Heerenveen playmaker Joey Veerman, what do the Huddersfield faithful make of the move?
Bacuna joined the Terriers as a 20-year-old from Eredivisie side Groningen on an undisclosed fee during the club’s time in the Premier League.
He’s gone on to make over 100 appearances for Town, scoring twelve goals and laying on nine assists.
If anyone knows Juninho Bacuna, it’s Huddersfield fans and it’s clear they’re certainly mixed when it comes to a midfielder with a lot of ability but a seemingly poor attitude at times:
bacuna finally leaving pic.twitter.com/vBor538ba3
— Ben 🦋 ~ play off terriers (@Blonded0range) August 18, 2021
Get him back in the team. I know he frustrates but he’s the only creative midfielder we have at the club #htafc
— The Duke (@eggandbed) August 18, 2021
— @yeadon terrier (@TerrierYeadon) August 18, 2021
He is an exceptionally talented footballer-can pick a pass, can finish and has very good upper body strength. Able to play deep or advanced, or down the channels. Downside is that his body language is languid which distracts some fans. Also, he never makes the most of what he has
— Clark Eastwood (@ClarkEastwood1) August 18, 2021
Hearing that Bacuna deal to Rangers maybe happening. Bloody hope so.
— Joe healey (@JoeHealey1) August 18, 2021
Did not see Bacuna to Rangers coming but I think he could fly there under Gerrard. Town fans' obsession with work rate over ability has always clouded opinion on every player for years. I hope he does great #htafc #RangersFC
— Mark Johnson 🐶🐱🐓🐥 (@MarkNJohnson) August 18, 2021
For Rangers fans, I'm not sure what Bacuna give you other than a player capable of a lot, but gives little often. He's a bit "unserious" as a player for a team in Europe and a title fight. Maybe I'm being harsh but there's a reason he's been in and out of the team at #htafc
— Schindler's List (@htafchero) August 18, 2021
Unfortunately never became a consistent player. Had the ability but not the application or footballing brain.
Maybe a reflection of Siewert, Cowley & Carlos or maybe the taste of Premiership football got him disillusioned
— Htafc Dreams (@HtafcDream) August 18, 2021
I personally think it’s sad he never lived up to his ability at Town.
If he’s replaced with a player of Duane Holmes’ quality either then I would be sad
For all of Bacuna’s frustrations he does provide 6 or 7 vital goals for us a season
— Harry Hall (@HarryPHall) August 18, 2021
Good move for Bacuna and for #htafc
Gerrard won't put up with a pouty, inconsistent player and neither will their fans.
He might pick up a few cards when his temper boils over after some heavy tackles up there.
Quaner was out for 6 weeks after he got whacked after just 20 mins
— bill k (@wrk04) August 18, 2021
Sadly had to happen given the press and fans on his back. What will be interesting is where Gerrard plays him and how much we get. I always saw him as a No 10, but he was never given that opportunity.
— Quelpanama (@Quelpanama) August 18, 2021
Only sad he never lived up to his potential. We all know what he can do on a good day, just a shame he didn't produce those good days more often.
— WigglesFT (@FtWiggles) August 18, 2021
There’s an excellent player in there, just not sure it’ll ever come out.
— David Proud (@DavidProud18) August 18, 2021
Mixed bag. Definite ability but perhaps not a team player who spent a lot of time jogging around. Shame really.
— Robert Smith (@RobertS05273160) August 18, 2021
On his day gifted at Championship level. Disappointed none of the last few managers seemed to get a consistent tune out of him, hopefully one day we can fully exploit these sorts of mercurial talents…
— TerrierBobinho (@BobinhoTerrier) August 18, 2021
Yes, once he has moved, he will become a world-beater.
— Russell-HTAFC (@bluewhitedog) August 18, 2021
Absolutely not! Good riddance!
— Rhys Keegan (@rkeeg85) August 18, 2021
These are interesting takes but if it’s the bigtime Bacuna wants, the limelight in Glasgow is amongst the most intense he’ll ever experience.
Rangers have a recent history of squeezing the best out of talented players and taking them to the next level, and Gers fans can be confident in this management team of getting the best of Bacuna.
Here’s more on what Alan Nixon had to say about the prospective transfer deal as Rangers look to bolster their squad this summer.