It might have been a long time ago but, Michael Beale’s time working in Chelsea’s academy could see Tomas Kalas be targeted by Rangers.
Nigel Pearson has hinted that Tomas Kalas might have played his last game for Bristol City with doubts about his future at the Championship side, via Bristol Live.
As a youth coach for the Premier League giants, the Gers gaffer will have come across the big Czech defender famous for spending years at the Bridge without really playing.
New contracts would be offered because he was too good to let go but not good enough to replace the likes of John Terry and co.
Six different loan spells saw Tomas Kalas play just four times for his parent club before leaving in 2019 after nine years, now, he is out of contract having been linked with a move to Rangers in the past.
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Kalas has been at Bristol City since leaving Chelsea and looks as reliable as they come, making 155 appearances for the club.
The sort of reliability that Rangers need with John Souttar in the squad.
The 29-year old centre-half has over 300 appearances between the Championship and Eredivisie as well as 32 caps for his country.
The only doubt for Tomas Kalas and a possible Rangers move
As far as low risk signings go, he is about as low as you can get….apart from one small issue.
A groin injury in 2022 saw Kalas miss as many games as he had in the rest of his previous career combined and he has found himself surplus to requirements.
Kalas has been in a constant battle to get fit this season but it now looks as though he will be leaving Ashton Gate.
In Connor Goldson, John Souttar and Ben Davies we have three very competent senior defenders and a promising backup in Leon King.
Should Michael Beale decide to strengthen that area then a budget but experienced option wouldn’t be a bad idea.
In a summer of big change, risk – in terms of quality – has to be minimised as much as possible.
You never know, maybe Beale made an impression on the talented stopper all those years ago at Cobham.