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Glasgow Rangers could ditch Scott Arfield by signing Darius Olaru

The January transfer window is well underway and Glasgow Rangers boss Michael Beale could make his first signings in charge of the club before the month is over.

He arrived during the break for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to replace Dutchman Giovanni van Bronckhorst and is yet to make his first plunge into the market.

The Light Blues are currently nine points behind their bitter rivals at the top of the Premiership and Beale could use January to bolster his side and improve their chances of catching up in the title race.

One player who could be on the chopping block if new faces come through the door is Canadian attacking midfielder Scott Arfield, whose end product has left a lot to be desired over the last 18 months.

He has scored four goals and provided just one assist in 16 Premiership outings this season, whilst missing four ‘big chances’ and creating just 0.7 chances per match.

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This comes after he produced four goals and zero assists – missing eight ‘big chances’ – in 29 outings in the Scottish top-flight during the 2021/22 campaign.

The £16k-per-week dud is an experienced professional, at the age of 34, and has proven that he cannot be relied upon over the course of a season to regularly deliver goals and assists from midfield.

Therefore, Beale could sign another player in that position in order to ditch the ex-Burnley man from the starting-up. Ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, the Light Blues were reportedly interested in a deal to snap up FCSB attacking midfielder Darius Olaru.

The report claimed that the Romanian giants would be willing to cash in on him for a fee in the region of €10m (£9m), although it remains to be seen if that is still the case.

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Olaru, who was once dubbed an “exciting” talent by scout Jacek Kulig, could be the ideal replacement for Arfield as he has shown plenty of promise during his time with FCSB.

The 24-year-old, who is ten years younger than the Rangers dud, has produced seven goals and 16 assists in 55 league appearances since the start of last season and this indicates that he could be a major upgrade on Arfield in terms of what he offers from a creative perspective.

His age also means that he would be a long-term signing for the Light Blues as he could develop and improve under Beale’s coaching, whereas the 34-year-old dud is in the final throes of his career.

Therefore, Rangers could ditch Arfield by reigniting their interest in Olaru and bringing the Romanian dynamo to Ibrox to improve their options in that area of the pitch.