Rangers failed with bid to sign defender who called Ibrox atmosphere 'crazy' - report
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Rangers failed with bid to sign defender who called Ibrox atmosphere 'crazy' - report

Rangers failed with a bid to sign young Arsenal defender Harry Clarke earlier this month, according to the Scottish Sun.

20-year-old Clarke, who can play centre-back or right-back, spent the first half of the season on loan at Ross County and impressed.

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He made 17 appearances, scored three goals and won several Staggies Player of the Month awards.

One of his strikes came in Rangers’ 4-2 win at Dingwall in August and then after the two clubs met in Glasgow in November, he described the atmosphere at Ibrox as ‘crazy’ on Twitter.

It seems Rangers were very impressed by his efforts in the Highlands, as the Scottish Sun reports that they made an attempt to sign him.

However, it’s asserted that their approach was swiftly rejected, only for the Gunners to then send Clarke to Easter Road on loan.

The Englishman signed for Hibs last week on an 18-month deal that includes two break clauses.

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If Rangers did try to sign Clarke after being impressed by his performances at Ross County, the approach has been kept under wraps until now.

However, while the news will be a surprise to most supporters, the interest does make sense.

Rangers likely knew that Nathan Patterson was on his way out at some stage this month and with uncertainty surrounding the future of several centre-backs, Clarke would have given the Gers cover in two positions.

However, it seems that Arsenal genuinely believe he could one day be a first-team player at the Emirates and so they opted for a loan to Hibs, where he has a better chance of playing regularly.

Rangers have since snapped up a similarly versatile player in James Sands, but given that Clarke was so impressed by the Ibrox atmosphere just a few months ago, he may be a little disappointed that things didn’t pan out differently.

Meanwhile, another rival Premiership club have officially snapped up an exciting forward Rangers reportedly missed out on in the summer.