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Glasgow Rangers avoided big clanger with failed Davie Selke swoop

The January transfer window is now open and Glasgow Rangers look set to be in the market to improve their squad after Michael Beale revealed that he is looking for long-term signings.

Ross Wilson must now work with the English head coach to bring in the right players to bolster the team heading into the second half of the campaign as the club are currently nine points off the top of the Premiership table.

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The Gers are yet to make their first addition of the window but plenty of other clubs across Europe have been active and one of the club’s former targets, Davie Selke, has sealed a free transfer to FC Koln in Germany.

Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae cited Bild as claiming that the Light Blues failed in their “pursuit” of a swoop for the centre-forward last summer.

Rangers, along with Swiss giants Basel, and English Championship side West Brom, were said to have been keen on a deal for the striker but he ended up remaining with Hertha Berlin.

The German attacker proceeded to endure a nightmare first half of the season in the Bundesliga as he struggled badly and was unable to produce many impressive performances.

These statistics, via Sofascore, show that the forward was not a prolific scorer or creator for Hertha and left a lot to be desired with his reliability in possession, which may be why they decided to allow the flop to leave on a free transfer this month.

His poor form came after he scored four goals in 25 Bundesliga matches, whilst failing to assist a single goal, in the 2021/22 campaign and this suggests that his struggles at the top end of the pitch are not a flash in the pan.

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Back in 2020, talent scout Jacek Kulig named him as one of a number of former wonderkids who have “wasted” their potential and his 35 goals in 202 top-flight matches suggests that he did not live up to his potential after 33 goals in 51 matches at under-17 and 19 level combined.

Rangers, instead, signed Antonio Colak to bolster their attack and the Croatian international has plundered an eye-catching 11 goals in 14 Premiership starts for the club to date. Selke, on the other hand, has scored 12 league goals since the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

Therefore, Wilson avoided a big Ibrox clanger by failing to sign the former Hertha attacker as his statistics for the German side indicate that he would have been a poor signing for Rangers, whilst Colak has been a phenomenal addition to the side.