Giovanni van Bronckhorst faces an interesting first summer transfer window ahead as manager of Rangers. Of course, he has already been through the January equivalent, which consisted entirely of loan arrivals and youth signings, but there are high hopes of a busy summer full of transfer activity at Ibrox.
Van Bronckhorst has already signed defender John Souttar on a free transfer and there are several other areas which need to be strengthened.
With the current contract scenario surrounding Ibrox goalkeeper Allan McGregor – with reports claiming that he is staying at the club, albeit in more of an off-field role – the Dutchman could well be looking at bringing in a new shot-stopper.
Many stoppers have been linked with Rangers, such as Benjamin Siegrist and Bosnian Vladan Kovacevic, but Turkish ‘keeper Berke Ozer – who has reportedly been linked too – may be the most attractive option.
The 22-year-old has been dubbed a “sensation” in the past, and with youth on his side, he has plenty of time to grow into the Ibrox number 1 shirt.
Ozer is set to leave Fenerbahce when his current contract expires at the end of the month, so the Gers would land him on a free transfer if they decide to make him an offer.
He made 14 appearances in the league for his club as they finished second behind Trabzonspor in a trophyless season for the Istanbul outfit.
Van Bronckhorst already has Jon McLaughlin ready to take McGregor’s spot, and he has impressed thus far during his spell at Ibrox. However, a move for 22-year-old Ozer, especially on a free transfer, would give the Scot the kind of strong competition that the Rangers boss will want – and perhaps need.