Rangers have received a significant boost to reignite interest in Muhamed Besic following Everton’s announcement of the squad clear-out. The Gers were reportedly (as claimed by the Glasgow Times) plotting a loan move for the Bosnian last summer and his availability on a Bosman must have drawn the attention of the Scottish champions.
While they are yet to renew their interest in the 28-year-old, the decision of not retaining Bongani Zungu might play a significant role in the coming days. The hopes were high from the Bafana Bafana midfielder when he completed a season-long loan from Amiens. However, he failed to impress enough in limited minutes and the suspension for breaching Covid protocols late in the campaign refrained the Gers from retaining his services beyond this term.
Besic completed a low-key move from Hamburger SV back in 2014. He made an instant impact at Goodison Park with his hard tackles, destructive display and aggression, but a severe knee injury during pre-season stalled his career a couple of years later. He could not regain his place ever since and spent his time on loan with Middlesbrough and Sheffield United respectively.
Why Rangers Should Reconsider A Move
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international could not stake a claim in Carlo Ancelotti’s plan and made no first-team appearance at all since returning from Bramall Lane following an unsuccessful loan. It’s time for him to find a new destination and the Bears must grab this opportunity to bolster their midfield ahead of the crucial Champions League qualifiers.
Predominantly a defensive midfielder, Besic has depicted his versatility as a fullback or centre-half in various set-ups. He has performed consistently for his nation all these years and the flexibility he offers in the defensive third should enrich the Light Blues across competitions.
Rangers, meanwhile, are well equipped in midfield with ample options in their ranks. Steven Davis is still going strong in his mid-thirties, whereas Ryan Jack is working tirelessly to recover from his injury setback. Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara have been a revelation in the middle of the park, also the presence of Scott Arfield adds experience as well as expertise in close fixtures. Moreover, Nnamdi Ofoborh signed a pre-contract in winter to join as a free agent upon the expiration of his Bournemouth deal.
Having said that, there might be a crisis in the centre of the pitch amid a few uncertainties. Davies will be 37 next season and the growing interest in Aribo and Kamara might lead to high-profile summer exits. Jack must be managed cautiously to avoid further fitness woes and Rangers, therefore, should rope in Muhamed Besic in spite of little game-time over the past couple of years.
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