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Rangers: Ross Wilson dropped a clanger with Mateusz Zukowski

Glasgow Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been backed by Ross Wilson in the transfer market since he arrived at Ibrox in 2021.

His first window was in January of this year and the sporting director placed his faith in the head coach by bringing in Amad Diallo, Aaron Ramsey, James Sands, and Mateusz Zukowski, whilst also signing John Souttar on a pre-contract agreement.

The Light Blues chief worked hard throughout the recent summer window to further improve the Dutchman’s squad; bringing in Tom Lawrence, Antonio Colak, Ridvan Yilmaz, Malik Tillman, Rabbi Matondo and Ben Davies.

However, not every transfer has turned out to be a success and one signing Wilson has made a mistake with, as it stands, is right-back Zukowski.

The Polish full-back was brought in after the club sold Nathan Patterson for a then-record fee to Premier League side Everton, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Wilson explained the reasons behind the signing at the time, telling the club’s official website: “As part of our transfer strategy this window we wanted to recruit a young, right full-back who we see high potential in to further develop.

“Mateusz absolutely fits the profile that we were looking for in the market and we are all looking forward to working with him. He is a determined character and I know how excited he is to come here.”

He was framed as competition for James Tavernier at right-back, and was valued at £2.25m by Transfermarkt, but did not make a single appearance in the Premiership in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, playing once in the SFA Cup.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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That appearance in the cup remains his only outing for the first team to date and he may leave the club on a permanent basis without playing another match for the Light Blues.

He joined Lech Poznan in his home country on loan in the summer and the Polish side have a ‘guaranteed option‘ to sign him permanently at the end of his temporary switch.

At the time of writing (09/10/22), Zukowski is valued at £1.35m by Transfermarkt and this means that his value has plummeted by 40% since joining in January, almost halving in less than a year.

Therefore, it’s perhaps evident that the Pole’s potential isn’t quite as big as Rangers imagined when he first joined the club 10 months ago, meaning Wilson has made a mistake in bringing him to Scotland.

The defender has not produced quality on the pitch for the Light Blues – with one appearance for the team – and he has become a depreciating asset despite only being 20, rather than rising in value as an up-and-coming player.