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Rangers Keeping Close Tabs On This Danish Centre-back: Beale Must Make The Call

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Pratyay Maitra
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If a report from the Danish outlet BTSporten is believed to be true, Rangers are keeping close tabs on Thomas Thiesson Kristensen. The AGF Aarhus prodigy is a rising sensation back in his homeland and according to The Scottish Sun, the Gers have scouted him extensively in recent months. 

The 21-year-old Denmark youth international began his youth career with Galten FS before joining AGF at the age of 11. Except for a year at Vejle Boldklub, Kristensen progressed through the academy setup of De Hvii’e till 2021. He eventually broke into their senior side and is currently enjoying a key status in the heart of the backline.

Rangers are delighted to have John Souttar back in action after months of injury absence. Ben Davies has been a decent signing for his composure and calmness, whereas Connor Goldson is maintaining his towering status for a fifth successive campaign. Teenage prospect Leon King served the club expertly during the injury nightmare of first-team stars, yet the Light Blues must seek defensive reinforcements to resolve certain conundrums in the long run.

Why Rangers Should Rope Him In

Filip Helander was one of the most high-profile signings during Steven Gerrard’s regime. The Swedish centre-half came from Bologna with a high reputation, but he failed to justify the hype due to persistent fitness problems over the years. He has not featured since last April, and therefore, is expected to part ways in the summer upon the expiration of his Ibrox deal. As per the latest rumours, the Blågult international could return to his former employers Malmo on a Bosman.

Filip Helander

Moreover, the Gers terminated James Sands’ loan earlier this month. The USMNT star is now back to his parent outfit New York City FC after failing to stake a claim in Michael Beale’s plan. Neither has he succeeded as a deep-lying playmaker nor has he shown enough discipline in deep defence over the past 12 months. The gaffer demands more quality from his players and a talent like Kristensen ticks many boxes to shine under the Englishman.

The 6 ft 6 in defender is known for his aerial as well as physical supremacy inside the box. He prefers to play it out from the back and his ball-playing ability should see him slotting in perfectly in Beale’s free-flowing football. After a sporadic status throughout the 2021-22 season, Kristensen is now irreplaceable with 20 league appearances so far this campaign. He has recently been in Scotland to visit the club and it remains to be seen whether the Glasgow giants tie him down in the forthcoming future.

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