Back in June, Rangers were linked with a £3m move for Wales international, James Lawrence [Daily Record].

The 27-year-old centre-back had turned out for his country in Euro 2020 qualifiers the previous week and his future at Anderlecht was in doubt after the return of Vincent Kompany as player-manager.

Lawrence in action for Anderlecht in a Belgian Pro League match back in January. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

It was thought that the strapping 6ft 2′ defender could replace Joe Worrall at Ibrox.

Yet, in the end, no move materialised.

Instead, the Gers successfully pushed through a deal for George Edmunson and then splashed out £3.5m on Filip Helander [Scottish Sun].

Helander has found it hard to break into the squad given the form of Nikola Katic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It was only late last week that Lawrence actually got himself a move, albeit a temporary one. He joined Bundesliga 2 club St Pauli on a season-long loan [BBC Sport].

It marks another interesting switch for the English born player, who started his professional career with AS Trencin in Slovakia.

Former reported Rangers target nets on debut

It didn’t take him long to make an impact in Germany. St Pauli hosted fellow strugglers Holstein Kiel on Monday evening, and after a dull first half, Lawrence got himself on the scoresheet.

Rising highest to meet an inswinging set-piece, he benefitted from some questionable goalkeeping to put his side ahead with a solid header.

Lawrence enjoyed his first goal for his adopted side. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

15 minutes later, a clinical breakaway saw Christian Conteh double the advantage.

Despite Makana Baku pulling one back with a wonderful solo effort on 81 minutes and fellow new signing Matt Penney being dismissed in injury time, St Pauli held on to secure three points and their first win in seven.

It’s a fine start for Lawrence after he was seemingly overlooked by the Gers.

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