Glasgow Rangers will have to continue without Ibrox talent Ianis Hagi for a number of months as the gem continues his recovery from injury.
Gio van Bronckhorst confirmed this week that the Romania international will not feature in the first half of the campaign, with the Scottish Sun quoting him as saying: “It’s a very complicated injury, he won’t be able to return before the break for the World Cup.”
The attacking midfielder suffered a knee injury in January and it may reach 12 months before he is able to kick a ball in anger on the pitch in a competitive setting.
Following this gutting blow, the Light Blues must now reignite their interest in Maccabi Tel-Aviv attacking midfielder Oscar Gloukh, who has been valued at around £10m.
Gers podcaster Andy Barnett claimed that the club scouted the talent this year. He told theHeart & Hand podcast earlier this summer: “They (Rangers) were meant to be looking at Oscar Gloukh, who I’ve seen play in person and is an absolutely superbly talented youngster, a wonderkid.
“He came on for Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the final third of the season and was just the best player in the league in the final third. He scored against Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Tel-Aviv which are the two biggest games and there was meant to be clubs from La Liga as well as Rangers looking at him last night.”
It leaves van Bronckhorst without the versatile and quality midfielder for the next few months and the Gers could rectify that by bringing Gloukh in if they are able to afford a deal.
The 18-year-old, who can play in central midfield or as a number 10, could come in as a short-term filler until Hagi is back, whilst also being a signing for the future. He has plenty of time left on his hands to develop and could be a long-term replacement for someone like Scott Arfield, who turns 34 this year.
Reporter Bruno Alemany dubbed the midfielder’s technique as “sensational” earlier this summer and he has shown signs of promise in his short career to date.
This shows that he is a midfielder who likes to get forward and make contributions in the final third, like Hagi, and that is why the Gers must reignite their interest in him and invest in the teen’s potential as a future star, as well as a short-term replacement for their injured Romanian.