Rangers scouts watching Israeli ‘wonderkid’ as nation makes history
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Rangers scouts watching Israeli ‘wonderkid’ as nation makes history

A popular Rangers podcaster based in Israel has claimed that the Ibrox side were amongst 40 clubs watching Israeli wonderkid Oscar Gloukh at an international youth tournament.

Andy Barnett is a prominent Rangers supporter based in Israel and speaks regularly as part of the Heart & Hand podcasting team.

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Speaking with Israel playing in the Slovakia-based U19s European Championships, Barnett claimed on the popular podcast’s Transfer Show that the Gers have scouts at the competition.

Barnett would then suggest that it’s Maccabi Tel-Aviv attacking midfielder Oscar Gloukh who was the subject of much of the interest from Rangers and the other 40 clubs in attendance.

“I can tell you that apparently Rangers scouts were in my home,” said Andy Barnett.

“That’s along with scouts of over 40 teams at the Israel Austria U19 game, which Israel won 4-2.

“They were meant to be looking at Oscar Gloukh, who I’ve seen play in person and is an absolutely superbly talented youngster, a wonderkid.

“He came on for Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the final third of the season and was just the best player in the league in the final third.

“He scored against Macabbi Haifa and Hapoel Tel-Aviv which are the two biggest games and there was meant to be clubs from La Liga as well as Rangers looking at him last night.

“I tried to find out exactly who was here but all I heard there was scouts from over 40 clubs and they could’ve been looking at someone else but he’s the one they’re all talking about here.”

Rangers tailing Israeli wonderkid Oscar Gloukh

The Maccabi Tel-Aviv attacking midfielder, 18, has impressed since breaking through at the club last season where he scored three goals in eight league games games for the Israeli side.

Oscar Gloukh was also part of the Israel side which upstaged France to reach the Euro U19 Final against England, making sporting history for the nation in the process.

This is the first time an Israeli youth sporting team have reached a major final [Jerusalem Post].

The midfielder had a huge role in the first goal as his cross went in off Souleymane Toure for the opener with the nation going on to a record a 2-1 victory.

Meanwhile, Rangers face a contract dilemma as a key Ibrox star is cited as a potential replacement for an exit-bound £55m Premier League star.

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