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Rangers: Kendouci could be the ideal Davis heir

Glasgow Rangers secured their place in the League Cup final with a 2-1 win last Sunday, and Michael Beale has a chance to claim silverware just a couple of months into his reign at Ibrox.

Despite the victory, there are still vast improvements to be made, and the tie could easily have ended in defeat for the Gers had Anthony Stewart not received his marching orders just before the final whistle.

With the January transfer window in full swing, Beale will surely be aiming to sign a couple of new players for the Light Blues, especially with the multiple contract dilemmas facing the club.

At the end of the season, Rangers could potentially lose Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack and Steven Davis, who are all set to be out of contract, while James Sands and Malik Tillman could return to their parent clubs after their respective loan spells.

According to Mark McDougall of Football Scotland, Rangers “made contact” with midfielder Ahmed Kendouci last month but no move has materialised as of yet. If Beale does manage to secure a deal for the 23-year-old, though, he could be the perfect heir to Davis at Ibrox.

The 38-year-old is likely to have played his final game for the club having suffered an injury in training which means he will subsequently miss the final few months of the season. The Northern Irishman has been a wonderful player for the club in two different spells, playing 360 times for the Gers while registering 97 goal contributions, and his experience will be sorely missed.

Kendouci could slot into a central midfield role with ease and become the long-term heir to Davis if he moves to Rangers. He has already been impressing for ES Setif in Algeria, registering 41 goal involvements in 107 matches for his current club, and he can also play further up the field in a more attacking midfield role.

Talent scout Jacek Kulig lavished praise on the Algerian in 2021, describing him as “a complete midfielder with a left foot made of gold”, and his qualities would certainly fit in with Beale’s philosophy.

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The 23-year-old has 18 months left on his current contract, and this could potentially be used as leverage by Rangers in order to secure a move on the cheap this month.

However, Beale will need to act fast in order to secure the players that he wants before the transfer window shuts in two weeks’ time; and with uncertainty over the future of several members of the first-team squad, securing a new midfielder or two could be a wise move before the summer.