An update has emerged regarding Rangers and their plans to further strengthen Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad at Ibrox.
According to Algerian outlet DZ Foot, ES Setif midfielder Ahmed Kendouci is a target for the Gers in the January transfer window.
The report claims that he could be available to sign this month if a strong enough offer is submitted for him, with the Scottish champions now considering a bid.
Rangers forward Ianis Hagi has been touted with a move away from the club this month, and his prospective exit could open the door for another player to arrive in his position. This is where Kendouci comes in, as he could be Van Bronckhorst’s new creative maestro in the final third.
The Romanian has started 14 Premiership matches and created 1.6 chances per game this season, with three goals and four assists across all competitions. This highlights the creativity he brings to the table, which was shown in full force last term as he ended the campaign with 11 assists in the league.
In Kendouci, Rangers could find their replacement for the Romania international. The £1.2m-rated gem has 17 goals and 14 assists in 79 career games, showing that he is routinely able to make an impact in the final third.
Last season, he produced 10 goals and 10 assists in 34 league matches for Setif. This suggests that he could come in at Ibrox and excite the fans with his ability to find the back of the net, whilst also setting up team-mates with chances to score. He could seamlessly take over the reins from Hagi if the latter moves to Galatasaray before the end of the transfer window.
Of course, there is no guaranteeing that the 22-year-old would be able to translate his form from Algeria over to Scotland, as it is impossible to gauge the difference in quality between the respective leagues. However, if he arrives at Ibrox this month and can produce similar levels in terms of goals and assists, he could turn out to be a terrific signing.
Losing Hagi would be a blow for Van Bronckhorst due to the creative spark he can provide, but signing Kendouci could soften the blow as he is a player with a similar style in the attacking midfield area. Both players have shown that they can regularly set up goals, and the Algerian could be doing just that in a blue shirt in the second half of the campaign if the Gers bring him in.