Ross Wilson’s dealings shouldn’t particularly encourage Rangers. The Director of Football had a shoddy record at Southampton, often overpaying for players who didn’t cut the mustard.
Yet, since arriving to aid Steven Gerrard’s hand at Ibrox, he hasn’t had too much work to do. One of a few recruits since arriving in Glasgow was Ianis Hagi.
The Romanian, son of legend Gheorge, has been a hit in Scotland, contributing to five goals in his short time on loan with the Light Blues.
He hasn’t been remarkably eye-catching but he’s certainly played a vital hand in what has been a desperately poor 2020 for the Gers. Most notably, the youngster bagged twice against Braga to turn the tide in the Europa League. Why he hasn’t often started since is quite incredible.
Though, the fact it’s now been reported that Gerrard doesn’t want him in his team next term could be telling. Via the Daily Record, Corriere dello Sport suggest that he won’t be returning to Ibrox in the summer of 2020.
At present, Rangers have an option to buy the tricky midfielder for a measly fee of £4m. For everything Wilson has got wrong in the past, this is surely a no brainer for a player with mass potential.
The 21-year-old featured against Liverpool and Napoli when he was playing for Genk in the Champions League this term and now another Italian outfit, Lazio, are hot on his tail. With competition high, it’s bizarre that Rangers aren’t looking to land him on a permanent deal, especially when one considers the inconsistencies of Ryan Kent too.
Refusing to sign him when they have such an easy option makes little sense from Gerrard, a man who has been keen to hand youngsters a chance at Ibrox – take the likes of Sheyi Ojo and George Edmundson for example.
Add the fact that he seemingly wants to stay and it makes it all the more alarming. It was reported last week that Hagi was willing to remain in Glasgow and gleefully revealed his love for Ibrox after the win versus Braga.
This is a player ready to give blood, sweat and tears to Rangers – it would be a huge mistake to point-blank refuse to pay £4m for him. After all, that’s the price that could see James Tavernier leave too.
In other news, Rangers may already have their Billy Gilmour replacement…