Glasgow Rangers have endured two back-to-back 4-0 defeats to Celtic and Ajax in the past seven days and although not yet at a crisis stage, questions are beginning to be asked of Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the Rangers board.
With the club having made it through to the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2010/2011 and the vast riches that go with it, many of the Ibrox faithful were asking for at least one of two more signings before the window shut.
This decision might already have come to haunt them following the thrashings in the Premiership and on the continent and the squad doesn’t look up to the required standard.
One player the Dutchman should have made more of an effort to sign was Brazilian midfielder Evander, who could have added some dynamism to this stagnant Rangers midfield.
The 24-year-old was valued at £8.5m by Danish side FC Midtjylland which would normally be a price tag too high for the club, but the money guaranteed from Champions League qualification would have allowed Ross Wilson to splash out on the player, and judging by how things have gone since they really needed to.
Journalist Pete O’Rourke spoke to Football FanCast lavishing praise on the Brazilian, saying:
“He’s a good player, Evander, very versatile (and) can play in a number of roles in midfield, can play defensively or as an attacking midfielder as well so he will bring a lot of options to van Bronckhorst’s squad if he was to make the move to Ibrox.
“24-year-old Brazilian, so he’s got a little bit of Brazilian class as well in the final third, if he does play as an attacking midfielder, and he’s done well for Midtjylland in the Danish Superliga, as well as in Europe as well.”
High praise indeed, and it looks like the Gers have missed out on a talented individual.
Van Bronckhorst may regret missing out on Evander, especially with the recent woeful performances and the club need someone who can replace the creativity that was lost when Joe Aribo left for Southampton in the summer.