Rangers Should Be Targeting Players Like Bruno Alves And Ryan Jack

Everyone knows that Rangers need to bring in new players this summer.

Gers boss Pedro Caixinha has recently stated that things are progressing well in the new signing front and some faces may arrive soon:

“We are about to get one deal, or more than one deal, done in those positions, so we know what we want,” 

“We know exactly what we are looking for and things are going in the direction we want.”

Two names that have been linked heavily with moves to Ibrox have been Aberdeen’s Ryan Jack and Portuguese international defender Bruno Alves.

These are two players that I believe could help steer Rangers into a better league position next season as they would strengthen the spine of the team greatly.

Dons captain Jack has been a stalwart for the Pittodrie club and has consistently been one of their better players in recent seasons.

The central midfielder has that passionate, nonsense attitude that Rangers have been missing this term. Ryan is also a leader and he wouldn’t shy away from a midfield battle, that would be vital for any Gers midfield up against this current Celtic side.

Caixinha has gone out of his way to praise the midfielder:

“I like the way he sees the game and gives the out ball in the build-up. He gives a balance to the team when it’s attacking.”

The real bonus for the Gers moneymen is the fact that Ryan Jack’s contract is due to expire this summer, so he won’t come with a fee attached. That being said the Govan inhabitants will have to offer the twenty-five year old a good deal as MLS side Columbus Crew are also monitoring his present situation.

If Pedro and his side can persuade Jack to head south for Glasgow, then it would represent a yesteryear transfer from Rangers. Back in better times they would often assess the best players at other clubs in the league before snapping them up for themselves. It would improve the Gers squad and weaken an opposition pool at the same time.

In Bruno Alves, Rangers would be getting an experienced, if hotheaded, central defender.

With Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos departing at the end of this campaign and Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson struggling to play well consistently, the Gers defence will need more experience next season.

Looking at Alves CV you can see a player used to functioning at big clubs with FC Porto, Zenit St Petersburg and Fenerbache counting as former employers.

This season he’s played thirty-five times for Cagliari in Serie A. That shows us that even though he’s now in his mid-thirties the veteran can still get through plenty of game time.

The six foot two strong man is good in the air and would attack every ball that flew into his box, in fairness Rangers have often lacked that aerial support and proper height this term.

Alves would give more strength to Caixinha’s squad and would be a player that wouldn’t be coy around any opposition forward either.

As the above clip shows, Bruno also has a volatile side to his game and it would certainly be interesting to see if he could keep his cool in a derby game against bitter city rivals Celtic.

A stumbling block in any deal to get Bruno Alves to Ibrox could be Cagliari as he still has a year left on his contract there.

Now maybe these two targets will not arrive in Glasgow’s blue half this summer but Rangers certainly need players of this ilk. They need stars that won’t shirk away from their duties and who will be leaders on the park!

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