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Glasgow Rangers eyeing swoop to sign William Pacho

An update has emerged on Glasgow Rangers and their attempts to add to their ranks at Ibrox during the January transfer window…

What’s the talk?

Belgian journalist Pieter-Jan Calcoen has revealed that the Light Blues are keen on a deal to sign central defender William Pacho as Michael Beale looks to improve his squad before the end of the month.

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However, they will face competition from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco and it remains to be seen how much money Royal Antwerp are set to demand for their enforcer.

Calcoen Tweeted: “#RangersFC and #ASMonaco have already scouted William Pacho from #RAFC several times and would like to recruit the defender. Antwerp will want the main prize, which makes sense.

Filip Helander upgrade

The Gers can finally replace Sweden international Filip Helander by landing an upgrade on him in the form of Antwerp’s Pacho this month.

Beale must move on from the former Serie A central defender before the end of the window as he has become a liability with his consistent injury issues.

Helander is projected to miss 52 competitive matches with his current foot injury, which he suffered in April of last year and is set to return in February, and was out for 53 games with two separate injuries between 2019/20 and 2021/22.

This means that he has been absent, due to injury, for at least 105 outings for Rangers and he struggled for form when he was able to get on the pitch last term. He averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.75 across six appearances in the Premiership – making 1.1 tackles and interceptions per match.

Pacho, who is also left-footed like Helander, has averaged a score of 6.99 in the Pro League this season and made 3.7 tackles and interceptions per outing.

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The 21-year-old, who was once described as an “interesting” young player by talent scout Jacek Kulig, was also part of Ecuador’s squad at the World Cup but did not get a minute of action in Qatar.

He is a young, up-and-coming defender who has shown plenty of promise with his performances in Belgium this season and he could be an excellent long-term addition to Beale’s squad.

His statistics this term indicate that he has the quality to be a big upgrade on Helander, both in terms of availability and his average performance level, if he can adapt to Scottish football and Ross Wilson must now work his magic to beat Monaco to the defensive titan’s signature.