Opinion: Rangers target Vukovic is simply not good enough

Rangers reportedly want to sign Josip Vukovic, who has been linked with a move to Lazio.

What’s the story?

According to Calciomercato, Rangers, Aston Villa and several other English clubs want to sign Vukovic.

Vukovic, valued at £360k by Transfermarkt, is wanted by Lazio, but the report states that the midfielder will be available on the cheap, seemingly paving the way for other teams to swoop in.

The 26 year-old midfielder is in contract with current club Maritimo until 2021.

What sort of player is he?

Standing at 6 ft tall, Vukovic is a tough-tackling defensive midfielder who would likely operate in one of two central midfield positions in Steven Gerrard’s 4-2-3-1 system if he joined the Gers.

Whoscored lists the Croatian’s strengths as concentration and interceptions, but notes that he is weak at passing and aerial duels, evidenced by his 78 per cent pass success rate.

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He is definitely not a player who will add goals to Gerrard’s midfield, as according to Transfermarkt’s stats he has never actually scored a professional goal, mustering one assist in 126 games and 27 yellow cards.

Is he good enough?

Quite simply, Vukovic is not the type of player Rangers should be targeting if they want to compete with Celtic, or even stand a chance of stopping their arch-rivals winning ten titles in a row.

He would certainly feel at home at Ibrox with countrymen Nikola Katic and Borna Barisic already at the club, but is he going to force Ryan Jack or the ever-improving Glen Kamara out of the first XI? Probably not.

For a small fee, the Croatian could perhaps be a decent addition to Gerrard’s squad depth, but with 27 yellow cards for every one assist, he is nowhere near the calibre of player required to trump Celtic to silverware.