GvB must end responsibility for Rangers in deal for ‘exciting’ £6m gem with ‘huge potential’ – opinion
Giovanni van Bronckhorst faces a crucial first summer transfer window in charge of Rangers as he aims to keep the momentum high at Ibrox after a strong end to the 2021/22 season.
Narrowly losing the Europa League final and winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in 13 years gave the Light Blues cause for celebration after losing their Premiership crown to rivals Glasgow.
Although no inbound transfers have yet been made this summer, there will surely be some activity as the weeks go by towards the first league game of the season on July 30.
In order to spend money on players who will immediately improve the first team, it may require some spending. To that effect, with Borna Barisic being linked with a move to Trabzonspor, now might be the time to sell him.
It could generate funds for Van Bronckhorst to make a move for Stoke City left-back Josh Tymon, although it would reportedly cost £6million.
Pete O’Rourke recently gave his views on the defender to GiveMeSport, saying: “I think Josh Tymon has had a really good season for Stoke City; he has huge potential and is an exciting young left-back. So I think if Rangers could sign him he would definitely improve the team.
Barisic wasn’t as influential last season compared to 2020/21. The Croatian international registered just three assists last time out compared to 14 during the Gers title campaign. The 29-year-old’s goalscoring has also dried up as he failed to score last term after a five-goal campaign in all competitions before that.
On the other hand, Tymon has assisted with three goals and four assists in all competitions in 2021/22, and at just 23 he could be a wise investment for the future.
Perhaps more worryingly, Barisic proved to be a defensive liability in big games against Celtic earlier this year, being caught twice napping at the back post as the Hoops punished his lapses for find the net.
This forward-looking move will of course depend on whether or not Barisic, or even Calvin Bassey, is sold over the summer, with the latter also subject to reported transfer interest.
With two years left on Barisic’s contract and the defender approaching his 30th birthday later this year, Van Bronckhorst could decide to cash in on the disappointing Croatian.
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