A major Rangers development has emerged on Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s attempts to bring a new shot-stopper to Ibrox in the summer transfer window…
According to Turkish outlet En Son Haber, Rangers have made an offer to sign goalkeeper Berke Ozer ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The report claims that the player is attracted to the possibility of playing regular first-team football in Glasgow and this may persuade him to make the switch from Fenerbahce.
The Ibrox head coach will be buzzing with this as Ozer would be a much-needed addition to the team who will help with the phasing out of Allan McGregor next season.
Rangers are yet to confirm whether or not the 40-year-old veteran will be leaving the club on a free transfer this summer or putting pen to paper on an extension. If it is the latter, bringing in the Fenerbahce man will be the perfect move by Ross Wilson.
McGregor will turn 41 next January and is at a point where Rangers cannot afford to rely on him as their number one for another campaign. Although he impressed in the Europa League – with a SofaScore rating of 6.99 – he let the Gers down at times in the Premiership as he made one error directly leading to a shot and three errors directly leading to goals.
This shows that he let mistakes creep into his game as the opposition pounced on his blunders on multiple occasions in the league. Giving him a reduced role in 2022/23, if he stays, would make sense as it would allow him to ease his way out of the team instead of being relied upon as the first-choice.
Ozer, meanwhile, did not make a single error in the Turkish top-flight last term as he made 14 appearances in the division. He also played three times in the Europa League – averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.90 – and did not make any errors.
At the age of 22, the Turkish shot-stopper would come in as a player with the potential to improve over time. Whilst McGregor is in the final years of his career, Ozer is at the start of his time in the professional game and is someone van Bronckhorst can work with over time.
The Dutch head coach will be buzzing with Wilson’s attempts to bring in a younger goalkeeper who can work alongside the current Scottish number one – learning from him and, eventually, displacing him between the sticks.