Rangers have confirmed their fourth summer signing, with midfielder Juninho Bacuna joining Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox from Huddersfield Town.
The 24-year-old was confirmed as a Rangers player surely before the Europa League play-off fixture against Alashkert on Thursday night, which the Gers won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Alfredo Morelos.
Gerrard made it clear earlier in the week that Rangers were looking to add a central midfielder to the squad, suggesting that he felt they were light on options in the middle of the park.
He said: “We have a couple of players who are capable of dropping down and playing as hybrids, if you like.
“But it is an area where, last year, come the end of the season with the volume of games, we felt we were a bit short at times.
“We did ask Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Joe Aribo to go above and beyond and they did that. But I don’t want to be as vulnerable as I was at the back end of the season.
“I want to have options and I do like to have two players in each position.”
The 41-year-old was quickly able to get his man, and given the way John Lundstram has started life in a Rangers shirt, it might not be too long until we see Bacuna starting in the Gers midfield.
The 24-year-old Curacao international was highly rated during his time at Groningen and had been a regular with the Terriers during his time in Yorkshire, making 107 appearances, in which he contributed 12 goals and nine assists.
Former Groningen ace Jan Mennega was full of praise for Bacuna after his transfer was made official, saying: “He is a dynamic player but not a big creator on the pitch.
“He can play in all sorts of positions. In Groningen, he would be used in many different roles, a lot like his brother Leandro, who plays for Cardiff now.”
Therefore, it seems as if the £4.5m-rated Bacuna will be an excellent utility player for Gerrard to have in his squad due to his versatility, which will surely delight the Liverpool legend as he looks to get Rangers back on track after a disappointing start to the new season.