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Is Jake Cooper interest a hint at Steven Gerrard’s Rangers tactics?

It remains to be seen what formation new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard adopts at Ibrox.

Mathew Nash

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Rangers are said to be in the hunt for Millwall defender Jake Cooper, according to reports. The Daily Mail are reporting that Rangers are set to make a move for the Lions centre-back with Bruno Alves on his way to Parma.

Steven Gerrard has already brought in two new centre-backs this summer. Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson were both snapped up recently and Rangers fans are pleased with those signings as they would be if Cooper was signed.

The former Reading player has just come off the back of an excellent season in the Championship in which he helped Millwall nearly make the play-offs.

So would Cooper’s arrival at Ibrox suggest the formation Steven Gerrard might play next season?

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So far Rangers fans are still not sure how Gerrard will line up his Rangers team. His tactics are a mystery, considering this is his first foray into management at a senior level.

But with Cooper, a left-sided centre-back, Goldson an old-fashioned defensive type and Katic a ball-playing star, could Rangers be set to play with three at the back?

It would certainly make sense. Declan John and James Tavernier thrive as wing-backs and Rangers’ wide options are low in attack. The club have not brought in the players to play in a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 so it’s possible that Rangers’ new boss sees a back-three as the best option for the Glasgow side.

Given the current direction of football, with the back-three the fashionable route, Rangers might be heading that direction.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Arsenal reportedly once wanted Rangers newbie in £10.25m deal

Steven Gerrard has lured the Nigerian to Ibrox and the Rangers star could be a hit in Glasgow.

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Rangers have completed the signature of AS Roma forward Umar Sadiq this week. The 6ft 3ins attacker has arrived on a season-long loan deal at Ibrox and will be tasked with adding attacking intent to Steven Gerrard’s side.

The 21-year-old is a top talent and has long been heralded as a star of the future for the Giallorossi. Last season he scored five goals in 12 games for NAC Breda during a loan spell in the Eredivisie. So Rangers are right to be excited.

If Rangers fans are looking for another reason to get excited about the young forward. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, namely Arsenal.

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Back in 2016 La Repubblica, as reported by the International Business Times, suggested that Arsenal had a £10.25 million bid for the player rejected.

It was a move that had Arsenal fans excited, as Sadiq was being tipped as a future star.


“Yes, there is interest from Arsenal but at this moment nothing is done.”

– Umar Sadiq’s agent Mohammed Lawal in 2016


Now it seems that Rangers have got a hold of a player that Arsene Wenger once rated highly enough to make a big bid for. That was not even too long ago, just two years.

If Rangers boss Steven Gerrard can get the best out of Sadiq at Ibrox then they might finally be able to rival Glasgow rivals Celtic in the scoring department next season.

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Joe Hart would surely pick Rangers over Celtic in Old Firm choice

Joe Hart has been linked with a Steven Gerrard reunion at Ibrox and Rangers should be his only choice if heading to Glasgow.

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Joe Hart is set to leave Manchester City this summer. The club want to let the former England number one leave permanently to give him a chance to play regularly elsewhere. Owing him for his service to the club, they are set to allow a move anywhere for the stopper- who has had two mediocre loan spells at Torino and West Ham respectively.

Two teams that have been linked with the stopper are Celtic and Rangers. As reported by the Scottish Sun, the Old Firm pair are among the favourites to sign the keeper this summer.

It would, of course, need to see Hart take a massive pay cut but a move to Glasgow might be exactly what Hart needs. That is, if he moved to Ibrox.

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If Hart is to leave for Glasgow, then Rangers is where he should go.

Celtic would still have Craig Gordon standing in Hart’s way at Parkhead. Rangers, on the other hand, need a new stopper. It appears Steven Gerrard is not a fan of Wes Foderingham and Rangers, therefore, do have a gap in the goalkeeping department.

Hart would be the perfect man to fill it. With 75 caps for his nation the City stopper has bags of experience at the top level and Gerrard, a former England colleague, will know all too well what Hart can bring to the team.

If he does end up having to choose between Celtic and Rangers then it is a no-brainer for the struggling stopper. Ibrox would be the perfect location to get his career back on track.

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Oli McBurnie ready for Swansea campaign after summer of transfer rumours

Rangers wanted to bring him to Ibrox whilst Leeds reportedly wanted him at Elland Road.

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This summer saw Oli McBurnie strongly linked with a move away from Swansea City. The two clubs perhaps most strongly linked with his signature were Leeds United and Rangers. With good reason as well.

First of all, both sides needed strikers. In Leeds’ case, the West Yorkshire city is home to McBurnie. He also played under the manager at Leeds before the start of June Paul Heckingbottom at Barnsley.

Rangers also made sense. They needed a cheap striker and McBurnie, a Scotland, is a huge Rangers fan. A move to Ibrox would have been a dream come true for the player.

But it seems that any lingering hope any team had for McBurnie heading to Leeds or Glasgow is now over. The striker has bequeathed his services to Swansea this season. He spoke of his excitement at playing with the club in the Championship next term on their official website.

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Leeds fans had already accepted that McBurnie was not heading their way. At the start of May, the YEP reported how Leeds were ‘hot for’ the striker, who scored 19 goals in 36 games for Swansea’s under-23s and Barnsley last season.

But as soon as Heckingbottom got the sack a deal looked unlikely.

Rangers were still being linked as recently as June. The self-proclaimed fan of the club McBurnie was waxing lyrical about Steven Gerrard’s appointment in the Daily Record.

But Rangers, as well as Leeds, have missed out. McBurnie will now be hoping to find the net and the starting XI regularly at Swansea City next season.

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