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Rangers: Ross Wilson missed a trick with Crysencio Summerville

Glasgow Rangers have endured a slow start to their 2022/23 campaign, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side currently trailing the Premiership leaders by two points and sitting bottom of their Champions League group after three comprehensive defeats.

Indeed, the Light Blues offered extremely little going forwards in their latest European outing – a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool – with the visitors taking a total of just six shots at goal, with only two of these attempts being on target.

It was a similar story in the 3-0 loss to Napoli – taking ten shots, three of which were on target – and the 4-0 hammering by Ajax – taking four shots, with one hitting the target – making it easy to see why Gers are yet to find the back of the net in the competition.

Furthermore, with the Ibrox outfit also having scored seven fewer goals than Celtic domestically so far this season, it is evident that Van Bronckhorst is somewhat lacking in the attacking department, something Ross Wilson could have addressed this summer.

Indeed, the sporting director was linked with a host of forwards over the course of the summer transfer window, with one of the 38-year-old’s targets reported to have been the 20-year-old Leeds United right-winger, Crysencio Summerville.

However, while a deal for the Netherlands U21 international failed to materialise, Wilson’s decision not to strongly pursue a move for the attacker already looks to have been something of a mistake, as the youngster is very much a player on the rise.

The £2.7m-rated talent is becoming an increasingly prominent part of Jesse Marsch’s first-team squad at Elland Road, having made three Premier League appearances for the Whites in 2022/23 – already half of the number he made throughout 2021/22.

Although, it was undoubtedly the flying Dutchman’s performance in a recent Premier League 2 meeting with Southampton that made many sit up and take notice of the £8.4k-per-week winger, as the 20-year-old was a continuous threat for the Whites.

Indeed, the starlet dubbed a “speed merchant” was arguably the standout performer in the 6-2 win, ending the fixture with a hat-trick of assists, winning a penalty after being brought down during a driving run into the Southampton box and finding the back of the net with an extremely composed finish of his own.

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This performance saw Leeds Live’s William Jackson award Summerville a nine in his player ratings following the match, while the journalist also stated of the 20-year-old display:

“Clearly too good for this level. He bullied Southampton’s left-back all night with his ball control and skill. Scored Leeds’ second of the game with a smart finish before winning the penalty that led to Bamford’s second of the game.”

As such, with Rangers desperately in need of added creativity and threat in the final third, Summerville very much looks as if he could well have been the perfect addition to Van Bronckhorst’s attacking arsenal, as well as a huge talent for the future – leading us to believe that Wilson had something of a shocker when failing to move for the starlet this summer.