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Rangers have Aaron Ramsey replacement in Tom Lawrence

Glasgow Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst ended his first campaign in charge of the club with one trophy as he won the Scottish Cup at the end of 2021/22.

The Dutch head coach joined midway through the season and his first chance to make his own signings came in the January transfer window.

Ross Wilson bolstered his squad by bringing in the likes of Mateusz Zukowski, Aaron Ramsey, Amad Diallo and James Sands, with varying degrees of success.

Arguably the most high-profile move was the signing of Ramsey on loan from Italian giants Juventus. He had played 371 games for Premier League side Arsenal earlier in his career and came to Ibrox with heaps of experience at the top level.

The Wales international was used as a central midfielder, as a number 10 and out wide at times, showcasing his versatility.

Whilst many may remember him for missing the crucial penalty in the Europa League final, the former Gunner did provide four direct goal contributions in 12 games leading up to that match and was able to show off glimpses of quality when he was fit.

Van Bonckhorst can now find the dream replacement for the Juventus midfielder at Ibrox by unleashing recent signing Tom Lawrence – who has joined on a free transfer from Derby County.

Pete O’Rourke previously suggested that he can come in to take over from his fellow Welshman, telling GIVEMESPORT: “Maybe where Aaron Ramsey played last year on loan, he could maybe fill in there rather than Ryan Kent.

“But I think a number of clubs are looking at Tom Lawrence as well, so it won’t be straightforward for Rangers, but I’m sure they’ll be hoping they can lure him to Scotland and join Van Bronckhorst’s side for next season.”

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Steve Evans once dubbed the 28-year-old a “smashing talent” and claimed that he was “unplayable” during a loan spell at Rotherham, while his form for Derby last term suggests that both comments are still applicable.

In the 2021/22 Championship season, Lawrence plundered 11 goals and five assists, averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.08. He is a player capable of making a huge impact in the final third and, like Ramsey, he has the versatility to play anywhere across the attack.

The 28-year-old will, therefore, be an ideal replacement for the Juventus star, as he can offer a high level of production at the top end of the pitch, whilst being an option in several different positions.

AND in other news, “Understood to be”: Jordan Campbell drops Rangers transfer claim that’ll frustrate Van Bronckhorst…

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