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Rangers round-up: Goldson done, Dodoo leaves and Skrtel back on?

the latest news and gossip from Ibrox as Rangers bring a new player to Glasgow.

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Goldson done

Rangers have completed the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson. The Ibrox side have signed the 25-year-old to strengthen their defensive resolve and he joins on a four-year deal.

He played just eight games last season after recovering from preventative heart surgery in February 2017.

The centre-back joins for a fee reported by the Shropshire Star to be in the region of £3 million, with Shrewsbury Town set to receive a six-figure fee as part of the deal.

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Dodoo gone

Joe Dodoo will not be a part of Rangers’ plans next season, as he leaves on loan. The 22-year-old joined Rangers back in 2016 after impressing with his former club Leicester City.

The speedy attacker scored five goals in just 27 games as he struggled to make an impact in Glasgow.

He will now spend next season on loan at Blackpool in League One, with the club hoping to push for promotion.

Skrtel back on?

It seems as though Martin Skrtel could still end up at Rangers this summer. The former Liverpool player was targeted by his ex-teammate and new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard earlier this summer.

No deal ever came about, but it is now being reported that he could be involved in a move to Ibrox, if Alfredo Morelos heads the other way.

Yeni Akit claims that the Istanbul club wants the Colombian striker this summer. The report suggests that Skrtel would be used as a makeweight in any deal for the Rangers striker this summer.

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  1. Douglas

    June 13, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Can’t see Rangers going for Skrtle now. More than enough cover at the back but very light up front. It just wouldn’t make sense to let Morales go unless it was for huge money as we already need more strikers.

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Rangers get one over Celtic with arrival of Jon Flanagan

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is bringing his old pal to Ibrox this summer, despite interest from Glasgow rivals

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Rangers are set to complete the signature of Jon Flanagan. The 25-year-old has been released by Liverpool after years of injury trouble and recent problems off the pitch. He finished last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers, but just four years ago he only just missed out on the World Cup squad for England in Brazil.

Steven Gerrard, his former team-mate, has clearly managed to talk the player into an Ibrox move. It is a great coup for Rangers as, when fit, the defender can be a star for the club. Considering he was being tipped as a future superstar by Cafu just three years ago it is not a stretch to believe he can be a star in Scotland.

(of Liverpool of Tranmere Rovers during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

Rangers also have double the reason to celebrate, as the signing of Flanagan gets one over on their Old Firm rivals Celtic. As reported by The Sunday Post Celtic were also after the full-back earlier this month.

That is not the first time Celtic have wanted him either. The Scottish Sun reported interest in the player back in the summer of 2016. It is clear that Brendan Rodgers was hopeful of reuniting with his former player, but it seems the bond with former team-mate Gerrard may be stronger.

It could also be that in terms of first-team football in Glasgow, Flanagan fancies his chances at Ibrox over Parkhead.

But if he can become a hit at Rangers, no doubt the clubs fans will be reminding Celtic that they beat them to his signature.

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Connor Goldson desperate for trophies at Rangers in near future

The new Rangers man is keen to bring the glory days back to Ibrox.

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Fans were jubilant last week after securing the signing of impressive defender Connor Goldson from Brighton & Hove Albion last week, and the 25-year-old is bringing the mentality required to bring “revolution” to Ibrox in the near future.

Goldson has revealed his desire to win trophies with the Scottish giants, in quotes via the official club website, and sees the new manager Steven Gerrard as a major turning point in the club’s fortunes.

The Gers have failed to win silverware since their return to the Scottish top-flight in 2016, and have chopped and changed managers regularly, with Gerrard now the third manager to take the reins following Mark Warburton’s dismissal in March of last year.

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But Goldson is undeterred by previous seasons and believes the club will re-establish themselves as contenders on all fronts in Scotland next term.

“It is more team targets that interest me. I want to win things and I have always been in teams that have won things,” the Englishman revealed.

“That is a reason for coming here. I’ve said to the manager – I don’t want to come here and just play good football and not win things. I want to come here and win trophies, and I think that’s what the fans are craving. They’re craving success and we need to build a team is able to give them that.”

The Wolverhampton-born defender claims the arrival of Gerrard was a major factor in his decision to join Rangers, and believes he will instil a winning mentality at Ibrox that players will buy into, while revealing he is also keen to become a leader on that front.

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“He [Gerrard] wants to bring a winning mentality to the football club, and I am all for that. I have been lucky to have been in winning teams, being promoted a couple of times, and that is what I want to do here.”

Gerrard is coming into an extremely demanding job and will need to have the courage to well and truly shake things up at the club, because bitter rivals Celtic are showing no signs of faltering in recent times – having won the unprecedented ‘double-treble’ this term.

The Hoops have dominated everyone in the Scottish Premiership since Gerrard’s former boss Brendan Rodgers took over at Parkhead two-years back, and if Rangers can secure silverware in their first season under new management it would indicate a very successful year, and the club could build on it in the near future.

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Rangers will hope Nikola Katic can become their Virgil van Dijk

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has brought Nikola Katic to Ibrox and will hope he can have a similar impact as a former hero across Glasgow.

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Rangers recently snapped up the signature of Nikola Katic from Slaven Belupo. The one-cap Croatia international cost a fee reported by The Scottish Sun to be in the region of £1.5 million. It was a deal which had Rangers fans frantically Googling the 21-year-old.

What they have found has fans in Glasgow excited. Katic is a brilliant young talent and the sort of foreign recruit that Rangers used to make. In recent times most of Rangers’ recruits have been homegrown talent or run-of-the-mill players from south of the border.

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Last summer they snapped up Alfredo Morelos, an inspired piece of business despite his frustrating habits. This year, Katic looks like an even better catch.

His former sporting director has this week stated he can go on to become the next Dejan Lovren, the £20 million Liverpool defender.

However, it is the man he partners at Liverpool that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will hope he can emulate. Virgil van Dijk was plucked from relative obscurity by Celtic back in 2013 from Groningen.

He went on to become Scottish football’s standout defender and earned a move to Southampton. Now the world’s most expensive centre-back at £75 million, Rangers fans can only hope that Katic can have a similar impact at Ibrox as the Dutchman did at Parkhead.

If he can, then Rangers have found themselves an absolute gem.

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