A major update has emerged on Rangers and their attempts to make a fourth signing of the transfer window…
Football Scotland journalist Mark Hendry has claimed that the Gers are set to bring in a new defender to bolster the squad on deadline day, having already sealed deals to sign James Sands, Amad Diallo and John Souttar this month.
He Tweeted: “Rangers close to signing right-back Mateusz Zukowski.”
Gio van Bronckhorst will surely be delighted with this news as this will come as a much-needed boost to his squad on the final day of the window.
He lost Nathan Patterson to Premier League side Everton in a club-record deal at the start of the month and Zukowski could finally be his replacement.
Whilst Patterson was not a huge loss for the first team in the immediate future, he was the succession plan for James Tavernier at right-back and the Gers were left without an alternative after his sale.
Van Bronckhorst is currently bereft of options in the full-back position and this signing will give him more to work with in terms of rotation across multiple competitions in the second half of the campaign.
Zukowski, at the age of 20, has the potential to grow and take on Tavernier’s place in the team further down the line and could be the ideal replacement for the Scotland international who departed for Goodison. He already has a wealth of experience in Poland despite exiting his teens in November of 2021, having played 50 senior games for Gdansk.
In the Ekstraklasa this season, he has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.84. He has scored two goals and provided one assist, whilst making a whopping 3.9 tackles and interceptions per game for Gdansk, showing that he is adept at winning possession back for his side.
This suggests that he could be ready to make the step to the Premiership in the short-term as a back-up option at right-back, which is another reason why van Bronckhorst will be delighted with this news. However, the biggest plus point for this move is that it provides the Dutch head coach with a long-term successor to Tavernier – instead of being left in the lurch further down the line if the ex-Magpies man leaves in the next few transfer windows.