Rangers are reportedly closing in on a deal for Huddersfield midfielder Juninho Bacuna as the Gers look to bolster their options in the middle of the park.

Moving to the Premier League as a 20-year-old, things have never quite happened for Bacuna at the Terriers despite the fact that he’s made over 100 appearances for the club.

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Rangers are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Huddersfield midfielder Juninho Bacuna. (Photo by John Early/Getty Images)

According to the likes of Alan Nixon, a deal to take Bacuna to Ibrox is at an “advanced” stage and it’s looking increasingly likely that the Dutch-born Curacao international will move to Ibrox.

But it’s clear that the 24-year-old’s time in England – to where he moved after an impressive spell with Groningen in the Eredivisie – has been defined by enigmatic and unenthusiastic performances.


There is clearly talent in Juninho Bacuna – or so we’re told – and here are three examples as to why we believe the Rangers coaching staff have it within them to access it.

Glen Kamara

Whilst it can be said that the Rangers management staff have made an impact on all the players at the club, the most glaring is that around ex-Arsenal kid Glen Kamara.

Signed for an infamous £50k from Dundee in January 2019, Kamara has grown into a fine, possession-based midfielder, built to break presses and open spaces.

An internationally respected midfielder, Kamara has excelled on the European stage for Rangers and was a sore miss in the club’s Champions League collapse this season.

One of the Gers biggest assets, a new contract is reportedly imminent and the notion Rangers value the Finnish international anywhere under £15m is fanciful.

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Finnish international midfielder Glen Kamara has made huge strides at Rangers this season. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

There’s a reason why those Arsenal youngsters who grew up with Kamara rate the now 25-year-old as one of the best players they’ve ever seen.

Despite the setbacks, Kamara has found his feet and his form at Rangers and so much of that is down to the influence of an Ibrox backroom staff who believed in him when plenty had given up.

Kamara is a gem, and the Rangers coaching team deserve credit for polishing it.

Scott Wright

When Rangers moved to bring Scott Wright to the club in January, it was a major surprise to Gers fans used to a combative relationship with Aberdeen and admittedly, not sure about the forward.

Wright’s record with the Dons didn’t exactly set pulses racing and for many Gers fans they viewed the player as a potential fringe star who might, just might, get a handful of appearances each year.

But how Wright has proven any of the doubters wrong and justified the decision to move to Ibrox as in only a short period of time as the attacker becomes a regular in a Rangers shirt.

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The Rangers backroom team have already begunto have a sizeable impact on the career and development of Scott Wright. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Not only this, but Wright has begun to add a potency and threat to his game which he didn’t quite have at Pittodrie, whilst the club have helped him make gains in his football and on his body since joining.

A sizeably better player in such a short window of time, this once again highlights the recruitment team’s eye for a player and the coaching team’s ability to develop footballers.

Now set to play a bigger role at Ibrox than anyone thought in January, Wright’s a credit to himself for working hard at Rangers but the coaching team also deserve a massive shout.

Alfredo Morelos

Given I wanted to pick only three players to highlight the ability of this backroom team in developing footballers, the third and final choice was amongst the hardest.

But when you consider the scale of the development in Colombian firebrand Alfredo Morelos across his time at Rangers and namely under the management of Gerrard and co, the progress is sizeable.

What’s scary about Morelos is that it certainly feels like there are levels in his game to go but the Rangers staff deserve huge credit in his development for a number of reasons.

In the manager’s first season, the overreliance on Alfie to score was sandwiched between disciplinary issues and a squad not best equipped to deal with his absence.

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Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is the main man at Ibrox. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

But since then, Alfredo has developed into a more well-rounded, complete forward, his technique, passing ability and understanding of the game often understated outside of Rangers circles.

An immensely talented player Morelos is – contrary to many reports – a team player by definition, bringing teammates into play and intelligently dragging defenders around the pitch to create space.

There’s a reason why so many fans don’t believe the Gers are the same side without the Colombian.

A physical and massively important presence at the tip of the Rangers attack, the Ibrox backroom staff have transformed Morelos from a snarling young South American talent to a player on the precipice of genuine superstardom.

Huddersfield fans have been backing up the suggestion that Juninho Bacuna is an enigmatic player as they prepare to wave goodbye to the midfielder.

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