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Rangers Keeping Tabs On Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Israeli Midfield Ace: Should Gerrard Look To Sign Him?

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According to a recent report by Glasgow Times, Premiership giants Rangers are said to be among a host of clubs keeping tabs on the talents of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Israeli international midfielder Dan Glazer. The report suggests that the 23-year-old is being watched by several clubs in English Championship as well, with Steven Gerrard’s ambitious Rangers side also involved in the race. Despite the links though, a Rangers spokesperson reportedly refuted the claim, claiming that Rangers aren’t involved in the chase for this highly-rated midfielder.

What Makes Dan Glazer An Attractive Prospect?

The Israel international is a combative holding midfielder by position, who is undoubtedly going to be at his best when deployed as part of a double pivot in midfield. Capable of picking up possession from deep before identifying the best forward pass for the situation, the youngster’s ball-playing skills needn’t be questioned at all. A willing dribbler with the ball at his feet, despite not being the quickest in the world, Glazer uses his low centre-of-gravity and upper body strength to keep the defenders at arm’s length.

Not only is the 23-year-old adept at dealing with one-on-one situations, but he has also got the uncanny ability to read the opposition attacker’s next move to intercept. Not afraid to put his body on the line for the sake of the team, the midfielder’s skill-set does look to be custom-made for the physically demanding nature of the Scottish top-flight.

Although he isn’t the most prolific player in the world by any stretch of the imagination, Glazer’s defensive contributions must be taken into consideration as well. Whilst the report has clarified that Rangers are keeping tabs on Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Dan Glazer, whether or not he actually joins the side remains to be seen.

Rangers Are Keeping Tabs On Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Dan Glazer - Glazer in action
Israel’s midfielder Dan Leon Glazer (R) attempts to tackle Poland’s forward Robert Lewandowski while vying for the ball during the EURO 2020 group G qualifiers football match between Israel and Poland at the Teddy stadium in Jerusalem on November 16, 2019. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)

What Is Rangers’ Current Squad Situation?

The Ibrox club have showcased the best possible start to the league season, having drawn just one of their six matches without conceding a single goal along the way. What this means is that the defensive setup isn’t really an area that the manager needs to be worried about. In attack as well, the acquisitions of Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe have taken a massive amount of responsibility off the shoulders of Alfredo Morelos. Although the Colombian’s future at the Ibrox is still very much in the air, they have now acquired the security required to be assured.

Midfield presents Gerrard with the only remaining challenge at this point. The wide areas have been a concern since the start, but the lack of a proper alternative to Ryan Jack could end up hurting them in the long run. Steven Davis undoubtedly has the quality required to operate in the role, but his rising age and lack of athleticism mean that using him regularly could become an issue. Jack has been nothing short of sublime since the start of the season, but one untimely injury has the potential to obliterate all the plans for the remainder of the season.

Rangers Are Keeping Tabs On Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Dan Glazer: Should Gerrard Sign Him?

The Ibrox club’s ambition for the current season will surely be to deny Celtic their dream of securing the unprecedented tenth straight league title. The signings of Leon Balogun, Hagi, Roofe and Itten, were all made for the same purpose – to ensure that a mid-season blip in form like the last term doesn’t occur this time around. With names like Jermain Defoe and George Edmundson available as back-up, it’s safe to say that Gerrard’s side is well-stacked for the most part. The midfield roster though could surely do with a couple of additions. Glazer might not be exactly what Rangers are after, but there is no denying that the 23-year-old could develop into quite the midfield destroyer.

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