Rangers have been heavily linked to Algerian under 23 midfielder Ahmed Kendouci but who is he and why would Rangers want him at Ibrox?

Reports suggest that the Glasgow club are in talks to bring in the 23 year old on a initial loan deal with an option to buy.

Old firm rivals Celtic were linked with the midfielder last Christmas so he is a name that has been in the Scottish press for a while.

Recent reports suggest the blue half of Glasgow are keen on bringing the midfielder in during the next window.

The Algerian can play in the middle of the park, left midfield or in the defensive midfielder role.

Rangers squad is in need of reinforcements and Kendouci could be the first

Last season he managed six goals and five assists in twenty-nine appearances playing a key role for Setif who finished in the top half of the Algerian top flight.

The young midfielder is yet to be capped for at senior level for his national side but has featured for the under 23 side.

Rangers have a midfield that could become short of bodies soon so it would come as no surprise to see them strengthen the position.

Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Ryan Jack are all on contracts which expire in the summer and James Sands loan deal expires then too although Rangers have an option to make that permanent

Glen Kamara has been linked with a move away from the club on a regular basis and there is a feeling he could be a target for clubs in January.

That would leave Rangers with only John Lundstram, Charlie McCann, Malik Tillman and Tom Lawrence ready to play in Rangers midfield.

Links will likely pop up over the next few weeks as the club look to keep the squad in top condition for the seasons ahead.

If the ES Setif player is to land at Ibrox he could be the first signing of the Michael Beale era as the new manager makes Rangers his own.

A busy window might await the club who might have to find players from the most unlikely places in order to keep moving forward.

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