According to the report from Dutch media outlet Voetbal International, Rangers are going to face competition from Celtic for the signature of Feyenoord’s midfielder Renato Tapia. The Bears had squared off against the Dutch opponents in the Europa League, and Tapia had played for Feyenoord in the Ibrox fixture where the Gers ran out 1-0 winners.
It is being said that Feyenoord are looking to sell the midfielder this month. Tapia has failed to establish himself under Dick Advocaat. The midfielder’s contract is expiring in the summer of 2020, and hence, this is going to be the last chance for the Dutch outfit to garner some transfer fee for Tapia.
Tapia is 47 times Peru international, and he primarily plays as a defensive midfielder. However, he can fill in at centre back, central midfield and at right-back when required.
Do Rangers need a midfielder?
Rangers are currently loaded with top midfield options. Steven Davis recently extended his stay with the Blues. Glen Kamara and Ryan Jack have been in good form so far this season. Scott Arfield is another option who can play in the middle, as can Joe Aribo. Ross McCrorie is another alternative to play in defensive midfield who is currently on loan with Portsmouth.
Gerrard has primarily used Steven Davis in the defensive midfield role this season, but he plays more as a deep-lying playmaker. Given the way Rangers dominate most of their games, they would much rather have a ball playing midfielder than a midfield disruptor.
However, it cannot be ignored that Davis and Arfield are not going to be around for long. Glen Kamara is already attracting interest from some of the top clubs, and he could leave the club in the future. Therefore Rangers might need a new midfielder in the future.
Is Tapia worth going after?
We believe that the midfielder could be available on a cut-price deal this month given his contract situation. The 25-year-old is known for his physicality and Tapia is currently in the prime of his career. He also showcases decent qualities on the ball, and he can carry the ball well from the back.
He is aggressive and committed in his approach. Tapia is also decently experienced as he has played at the top level for some time now. However, one shortcoming is that he is inconsistent. But we believe that Rangers and Gerrard can take a punt on him as he has the ability and raw ingredients to thrive in the Premiership.
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