Glasgow Rangers will be secretly pleased with how their transfer window went in the summer, but if there’s one criticism to be made it’s the fact they failed to sign a genuine box-to-box midfielder.
Reports in recent times revealed that Rangers were interested in signing Patrik Hrosovsky from KRC Genk on an initial loan deal with the option to buy before the transfer deadline day.
According to Czech outlet iSport, Steven Gerrard’s side tried to secure his services in the summer. However, a move failed to materialise, as Genk rejected their advances.
It’s claimed that the Belgian giants refused to budge on their £3.5m as they were only willing to sell the Slovakian outright. Whether Rangers will return with another bid for the 28-year-old is currently unknown, as they ended up signing Bongani Zungu on loan from French Ligue 2 side Amiens in the end instead.
However, Ross Wilson would be wise to sanction a move for Hrosovsky as not only would he provide competition and cover for Steven Davis, but he’d also offer an alternative threat in attack, in a similar vein to Rangers legend Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Primarily a left-back for the majority of his career, Van Bronckhorst was deployed as a defensive midfielder during his time at Ibrox, as Dick Advocaat gave him the license to push forward and create chances.
Like Van Bronchorst, Hrosovsky has a penchant for scoring goals from the midfield. Valued at £3.15m via Transfermarkt, in nine appearances in the Jupiler Pro League, the Slovakia international has scored one goal and supplied two assists so far this season, whilst he is averaging 1.9 tackles and 1 interception per game, via WhoScored.
By comparison, both Davis and Zungu are managing fewer tackles per game in the Scottish Premiership this season, as per WhoScored. The central midfielder, who is a former teammate of Ianis Hagi, has bagged two times and two assists in total for the Belgium club, which is more than Zungu managed during his time at Amiens.
These kind of numbers would be most welcome in Glasgow and if he becomes available again in the not too distant future, Wilson must strike while the iron is still hot.