Transfer theme emerges as three quality midfielders linked to Rangers
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Transfer theme emerges as three quality midfielders linked to Rangers

With the kick-off to the Scottish Premiership season less than four weeks away, there have plenty of players linked to Rangers ahead of the new campaign.

The Ibrox club has been particularly linked to a certain style of midfielder who can link defence and attack and play with energy and dynamism.

This is a problem area which appears to have been identified by the Ibrox coaching team if the numerous links to this style of player are anything to go by.

Reports suggest Rangers are in the hunt for a deep-lying, transitional playmaker ahead of the new season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ex-Royal Mouscron and Cameroonian international midfielder Frank Boya also claims he turned down a deal at Ibrox, opting to move to Antwerp and stay in Belgium [Daily Record].

Heidenheim’s Niklas Dorsch has been a name routinely linked to Ibrox, with the former Bayern Munich youth mentioned as an Ibrox target in the German press [most recently InFranken].

A talented holding midfielder who can provide assists, this would be considered a major coup for Rangers given the 22-year-old’s standing in the German game.

Dorsch has been capped at multiple German youth levels, including U21, and made one appearance for the Bayern first team, scoring the opener in a 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018.

Dorsch might’ve dropped down a division to play with Heidenheim but his performances have been a big part of their now unsuccessful promotion push.

After losing to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga playoff and with a year left on his contract, this might be the perfect time for Rangers to make their move.

Whilst there’s no mention of a fee Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic were linked with £3.2m move for the player in January 2019 [Scottish Sun].

Another player strongly linked to Rangers is South African international and Amiens midfielder Bongani Zungu.

At 27 Zungu is a more experienced head and has previous in winning trophies with South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.

Another player whose role is to link defence and attack, there appears to be an emerging theme amongst the midfielders being linked to the club.

Zungu was first linked to Rangers by France Football who originally reported the player’s asking price as being between €2-3m.

According to journalist Joe Crann – who is followed by Zungu on Twitter – Steven Gerrard wants the player but Amiens’ €5m asking price could be a stumbling block.

The most recent player linked to Ibrox is Rapid Vienna’s Austrian holding midfielder Dejan Ljubicic.

Rangers will remember him as the player who scored Rapid’s winning goal in the 1-0 Europa League defeat which sent Rangers crashing out of the Group Stages in 2018.

Ljubicic also played at Ibrox as Rangers beat the Austrian’s 3-1 in the reverse match in Glasgow.

Touted for a move to the MLS in January, the midfielder’s career has been rejuvenated since the restart and is now being talked up for call-up to the main Austrian national team.

Rangers, Celtic and Brentford have all been linked to the player by the Daily Mail.

All three of these players have similar attributes in that they can break up play, take control of it and be progressive in transitioning into attacks.

Given Rangers’ stiff and wooden approach to breaking down defences in recent seasons, a lack of this energetic dynamism could very well be something identified by the club’s coaches.