There was a time in Rangers’ history where we seemed to play German outfit VfB Stuttgart every season.
On three separate occasions between 2003 and 2009, Rangers drew the Die Roten in the Champions League. Amongst the six ties in six years were some absolute crackers – the 2-1 at Ibrox in September 2007 perhaps being the most memorable.
But now, the one-time German giants have been relegated to the Bundesliga.2. Stuttgart faltered in a play-off with Union Berlin and will now face off against the likes of Hamburg next season.
Well, on paper they’re not exactly a poor squad. Benjamin Pavard, a French world cup hero, is set to join Bayern Munich. They have Germany striking veteran Mario Gomez amongst their ranks.
There’s also Holger Babstuber, Emiliano Insua and Steven Zuber. It’s actually quite remarkable they’ve managed to stumble so dramatically this year.
These are also all international players and realistically out of Rangers’ price range.
Basically, any of the players who you could see improving our squad will demand high wages. Stuttgart would demand high transfer fees. The rest have just assisted in getting the side relegated.
There are also only six players with contracts expiring. Of them, Rangers would perhaps be most suitable to defensive midfielder Dennis Aogo.
Could Rangers look to poach the best parts of the VfB Stuttgart side? It’s incredibly unlikely.
But if reports are to be believed, we’re looking to poach the captain of another German giant faltering in the country’s second tier [Daily Record].