Glasgow Rangers could be heading for a monumental king-sized changing of the guard – with seven players out of contract in the summer.
Steven Gerrard has some tough decisions to make as he faces the prospect of losing some of his key men having entered the last six months of their current deals.
It could lead to a mass exodus from Ibrox which means several players will need replacing. Rangers have midfielders Steven Davis, 36, and Bongani Zungu, 28, whose contracts are set to expire in the summer.
The former Southampton man has re-established himself in Gerrard’s first-team plans and forged an excellent partnership with Glen Kamara in the midfield.
Whilst the spirited Davis may be in a resurgent mood this season, he can’t go on forever, and the Light Blues need to lay down a succession plan for the Northern Irishman. And they may not have to look much further than Bournemouth midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh, who has been heavily linked with a move to Ibrox.
According to The Sun’s Andy Devlin, Rangers are close to completing a deal for Ofoborh and his teammate Jack Simpson as the pair edge closer to agreeing Bosman moves with Gerrard’s side.
It’s fair to say that the 21-year-old could be the perfect successor for Steven Davis, who has been in such fine form since the start of this season – against Celtic, SofaScore graded him as one of the best players on the pitch with a high 7.3 rating in the Old Firm clash at Ibrox.
Per WhoScored, Ofoborh spent the majority of last season on loan with Wycombe Wanderers, winning promotion to the Championship, whilst averaging at least one clearance and one tackle per game, which is more than Zungu has currently managed in the Scottish Premiership this season, via WhoScored.
Bournemouth development squad manager Shaun Cooper previously heaped praise on his young charge after he made his competitive debut for the Cherries against Crystal Palace. He said: “Nnamdi had a fantastic season with Wycombe last year, experiencing first-team football and winning a promotion.
“He was probably a bit more ready for it in that respect, but I still thought he did really well playing on the right of a back three. His passing in the first half was good and as a character he is solid and reliable.”
Ross Wilson needs to prioritise signing a new defensive midfielder and Ofoborh could be the perfect successor for Davis in the future.
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