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Rangers should secure Gustavo Hamer as a Steven Davis alternative

Steven Gerrard has stated that he is happy with his current Glasgow Rangers squad and is not planning any major changes in the January transfer market.

However, there may be plenty of outgoings in the Ibrox revolving door in the summer, with seven players who will be out of contract at the end of this season, including former Rangers captain Steven Davis.

While the end of the season may still seem like a long time away, those players may be planning ahead for the future as they will no doubt be assessing their options during the midst of a pandemic.

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Gerrard has been adamant that none of his key men will be allowed to leave the club during the current transfer window but remained coy on a potential new deal for Davis after he ducked a question about the player’s Ibrox future.

The 36-year-old has been an integral part of Gerrard’s Gers once again this season but now faces an uncertain future as the end of the season is fast approaching. Bongani Zungu has struggled for game time whilst Ryan Jack’s injury struggles have been well-documented this season.

With that in mind, Rangers may need to find a replacement and the 54-time Scottish champions may not need to look much further than Coventry City midfielder Gustavo Hamer, who has impressed for the Sky Blues so far this season.

Indeed, The Press Association, as per BT Sport, named the Light Blues as a potential suitor interested in signing him this month.

But now this week, The Sun has claimed that a source close to the situation has told them that “there’s nothing in this at all.”

However, Ross Wilson would be wrong to dismiss Hamer so easily. Despite his age, the 23-year-old midfield dynamo has made 110 appearances in total across all competition in his club career so far, as per Transfermarkt. He’s already won the Eredivisie and Dutch Super Cup with Feyenoord Rotterdam as well.

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Hamer has been in such fine form for Coventry since he joined from Dutch side PEC Zwolle last year, contributing to six goals in 19 appearances from a defensive midfield position, including one game that saw him score a screamer against Millwall from 20 yards out.

The former Netherlands U20 international got himself on the scoresheet and and made 82% of his passes and took 93 touches, which was the most out of any player on the pitch from both sides. He received a game-high rating of 8.4 per SofaScore for his efforts – the Lions couldn’t cope with him, as he was fouled four times.

His teammate Marko Marosi has previously heaped praise on Hamer, dubbing the Dutchman as an “unbelievable” talent, as he said: “He is a funny guy as well and a great character.

“All of them have been great to be fair, it is nice to have Callum [O’Hare] and [Ryan] Giles back. They’re nice, old faces.”

Just like Davis, Hamer has shown he can be a useful creative asset – he’s currently made more key passes per game than any other Coventry player, via WhoScored.

Predominantly a defensive-minded midfielder, his versatility could be an added bonus for Gerrard as he’s surely an upgrade on Zungu.

It’s fair to say that the Bafana-Bafana midfielder has been rather underwhelming since he first arrived at Ibrox from French Ligue 2 side Amiens in the summer extended transfer window as he has been a bit of a damp squib, having so far failed to record a single goal or assist in 12 appearances in all competitions this season.

In the meantime, Hamer has scored four goals and supplied two assists in 19 appearances. Valued at just £1.8m via Transfermarkt, it’s unlikely he would cost a great deal of money.

Strengthening their squad could be key to their hopes of sustaining domestic and European success in the long-term future, which is why Wilson should try to sign Hamer as soon as possible.

AND in other news, Rangers dealt huge transfer blow over Siriki Dembele, Wilson must act now

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