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Rangers should regret missing out on Ben Davies as George Edmundson set for Ibrox exit

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to the transfer market with Glasgow Rangers.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe, who was on loan from Bournemouth at the time, signed a pre-contract agreement to join Rangers on a permanent basis in the summer this time last year as Steven Gerrard sought to bolster his firepower.

And now, despite Gerrard’s initial protestations, Rangers seem set for a busy end to the January transfer window, with Scott Wright, Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Oforborh mentioned in the running to move to Ibrox before deadline day shuts its doors later tonight.

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Gerrard and his chief accomplice Ross Wilson have overseen a dramatic restructuring and changing of the guard with Jamie Murphy and Jordan Rossiter among the names to leave the club last year.

Last summer, Rangers added Leon Balogun to their ranks, which took their central defensive options to five: Balogun, George Edmundson, Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Nikola Katic.

However, with Katic missing the majority of the season through injury and Edmundson now destined for the Ibrox exit, this leaves Gerrard with only three centre-back options for two spots in his preferred 4-3-3 system.

Barring a coronavirus outbreak, an injury crisis could quickly cause problems, however, so perhaps an experienced replacement is needed.

They had reportedly set their sights on Preston North End’s Ben Davies but it seems they have failed to sign him as he is set to sign for Gerrard’s former club and Premier League giants Liverpool.

The experienced 25-year-old, who can also play at left-back, has been one of the standout performers for Alex Neil’s side, making 19 Championship appearances this season thus far, earning himself a solid WhoScored match rating of 6.82 for his efforts in the process, that being above his last season’s average of 6.69, which implies he is performing at a higher standard this season.

For context, that would place him higher than the likes of regular starters Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield in the Rangers squad with 6.79 and 6.78 respectively.

He is prepared to put the hard graft in to deny opponents, as evidenced by the fact that he currently averages 1.2 tackles and 4.3 clearances per game in the Championship, which is more than the likes of both Balogun and Helander.

It’s hardly surprising Davies has been described as an “excellent” colossus by his current boss Neil, who has made no secret of his admiration for the defender.

The centre-back currently has six months left on his Preston contract, which means he is free to speak to clubs about a potential transfer.

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It’s no wonder, then, that other clubs have begun to take notice, with Premiership rivals Celtic also previously credited with an interest in his signature.

A player of his calibre could have been an enormous help as the Gers enter the crunch stage of the competition 23-points clear of their arch-rivals.

Unfortunately for Gerrard, it looks like he may have missed the chance to sign the defender as he is due to have a medical on Monday ahead of a move to Anfield.

AND in other news, Rangers will rue not re-signing Billy Gilmour from Chelsea after David Ornstein update

Article title: Rangers should regret missing out on Ben Davies as George Edmundson set for Ibrox exit

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