A key Rangers claim has been made regarding the chances of them bringing in an attacking midfielder…
Transfer insider Pete O’Rourke has all but ruled out the possibility of ES Setif gem Ahmed Kendouci joining the Gers, or their Glasgow arch-rivals, before the end of the month, despite previous reports of the club’s interest in him.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think he’s top of their list right now. I think Celtic might be looking elsewhere for a central midfielder and I’m not expecting him to move to Ibrox or Parkhead this month.”
This update will surely leave Rangers fans feeling frustrated, particularly as the transfer window slams shut next week and the club are yet to strengthen in any of the attacking areas.
James Sands, a holding midfielder, is the only winter signing for the current season, whilst John Souttar is poised to arrive on a free in the summer. This means that the Gers are yet to bolster their frontline and this could irritate supporters, particularly given Ianis Hagi’s injury which will see him miss the rest of the campaign.
Hagi has started 15 Premiership matches this term and averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.10, scoring two goals so far and creating 1.5 chances per game. This shows how important he has been to the side, as he has been starting regularly and consistently delivering impressive performances week in, week out, which is why fans will be doubly frustrated by Kendouci not being an active target.
The Algerian can play as an attacking midfielder and on both flanks, allowing him to take up a variety of roles in the final third. He could have been a versatile, quality, option for Giovanni van Bronckhorst to call upon and could have alleviated the blow of losing Hagi for the rest of the season.
In the 2020/21 campaign, Kendouci produced a stunning 10 goals and 10 assists in 34 league matches for Setif, highlighting his ability to both score and create goals.
Although it is impossible to guarantee that he would be able to do the same in Scotland, it does suggest that he would have had a chance to come in and be a real threat in an attacking sense for Rangers if he were able to adapt. Therefore, fans will be frustrated with O’Rourke’s claim that Kendouci will not be donning the iconic blue strip in the coming days.