What Lies Ahead In January For Cash-Strapped Gers?

January is fast approaching, one eye is surely on the mouth-watering Old Firm Clash on the 3rd but Rangers must certainly be looking with anxiety for the rest of January, 31 whole days where Rangers’ star players are prey for the English Premier League. There is certainly no doubt that many managers will have Rangers players in their notebooks and there are a number of targets.

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Allan McGregor’s Wondersave against Werder Bremen

Allan McGregor has been in fine form for Rangers this season, pulling off a number of important saves that have helped Rangers hold on to many victories throughout the season. McGregor will turn 28 on the final day of the transfer window and has made just over 100 appearances for the SPL Champions. Harry Redknapp is a known admirer of McGregor and between the sticks is a position that Spurs could be looking to strengthen. The price for McGregor is up for debate; Craig Gordon went for £9m to Sunderland and I think McGregor is better than the Scotland No.1, rumoured fees have varied from £3m to £5m and this is a possible oppertunity for one of the top English clubs to secure a top class goalkepper who hasn’t entered his ‘peak’ yet. The cushion of McGregor leaving would be that Rangers have a fine and reliable replacement in Neil Alexander who has proven to be just as good as McGregor and also lead Rangers to the UEFA Cup Finalm aking a penalty save in Florence from Fabio Liverani.

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Bougherra scoring Champions League goal in Stuttgart

The next 6 months will certainly be memorable for Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra who joined last year from Charlton for £2.5m under the nose of then West Brom boss Tony Mowbray. Bougherra, 27 will head to the African Cup of Nations in January and will miss out on the Old Firm clash on January 3rd, the fact he will be in Africa during the transfer window decreases the chance he will move to England, but the question is, who would want a player that isn’t avaliable until February?

Bougherra will also have a World Cup to look forward to in June and the talk around Ibrox is that the elegant defender won’t be at Ibrox come next season. Although, Bougherra has openly stated that he wants to stay at Ibrox and the press linking him to the EPL is wrong. Time will tell.

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Davis firing vital goal against Celtic

Steven Davis has been in fine form over the last few weeks in central midfielder producing performances full of energy and class in a new look Rangers midfield. The Northern Irish hero will be 25 on January 1st and has had spells in England previously with Aston Villa and Fulham. Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish is one of the possible predators to snatch Davis away from Ibrox, the rumoured fee is around £4m. The Rangers number 7 is a fans favourite at Ibrox and with Rangers looking to the future to try and get back to their best in Europe, Davis is a player that will without doubt get better and better.

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Kris Boyd’s first 102, with many still to come

All teams are in search of a goalscoring machine and there is no-one better at that job than Kris Boyd. The No.9 of Rangers joined the Ibrox club back in 2005/2006 from Kilmarnock in a deal worth just £500,000. A number of clubs are chasing Boyd, with the main interest coming from Turkey and the English Championship. Over the last few weeks, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor and Kayerispor have all been linked with Boyd joining Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough. In January, Boyd rejected a move to Birmingham City in a deal worth £3m but since then the link with Alex McLeish at Birmingham has fizzled out. Boyd is just a few goals away from breaking Henrik Larsson’s SPL record and is a firm fans favourite at Ibrox who has always maintained he wants to stay. The Ayrshire born striker has improved his game significantly over the last few months adding to his game new components such as link-up play, control and work-rate. His contract also runs out at the end of the season and Rangers should be keen to tie up Boyd for longer.

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Mendes with a stunner at Celtic Park

There are a number of players who could possibly be on the shortlists of many managers around the UK. Pedro Mendes has been linked with Spurs in the past and Harry Redknapp is fan also of the Portugese International, Young stars Danny Wilson and John Fleck have been linked briefly with moves away from Ibrox also but that is very unlikely with Wilson set to have a big future at Ibrox. French midfielder Jerome Rothen is set to cancel his loan deal from PSG after a dismal few months in Glasgow depsite a positive start.

Many have been linked with a departure from Ibrox, but will anybody arrive in the West of Scotland next month?

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Holden with US goal

Houston Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden has been strongly linked with a move back to Scotland with either Aberdeen or Rangers. The Scots-born, US International, has a deal with the MLS side that expires in early January and will be avaliable on a free transfer then. Holden, 24 is set to star for the United States at the World Cup in 2010 and has been nudged in the path of a Rangers move from Dominic Kinnear, a Glasgow-born American coach of  Houston Dynamo. With Holden only recieving $20,000 last year in his Houston deal, Rangers will be able to offer much more despite being tight for cash and this young, talented player will be tempted by a move to Glasgow with fellow American Internationals Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley here.

Getting one player in the door would be lucky for Walter Smith’s side, but Nicky Weaver is on the Rangers radar according to a number of national newspapers. Weaver’s excellent form at Dundee United has sparked life into his career which looked dead before joining the Arabs back in August. With Weaver linked to Rangers, does this strengthen the idea that Allan McGregor or Neil Alexander could be heading out next month?

Apart from Weaver and Holden the transfer gossip has been pretty dry at Ibrox, but the departure door is open despite Rangers publicly saying nobody is forced to leave Rangers in January.

2 Responses to “What Lies Ahead In January For Cash-Strapped Gers?”

  1. ali Says:

    Hey man

    These are good points and as a Teddy Bear like yourself share the concerns that many may be sold to other shores.

    However the Premiership is at least 3 levels above the SPL in terms of quality and just becuase some of our players are shining does,nt not mean they can adequatley compete at a higher level.

    Barry Ferguson is more that holding his own for Birmingham but he was clearly above the level of the SPL. Probablly the best Scottish player of the last decade.

    Bougherra is untested in the EPL and Steven Davis was considered surplus in a mid-table Aston Villa team.

    McGregor looks good against Motherwell and St Johnstone but its different down south. Gordon is a far more accomplished keeper.

    Boyd, although a proven goal scorer has never impressed on the larger stages ie Old Firm and Europe (although admittedly overlooked).

    Gettin rid of the dead wood alike Lafferty etc would be my preference and more inclusion of Wilson,Fleck and the younger players.

    good articles though man..I don,t get the chance to see many Rangers matches being in Mexico so i,ll count on you for updates

    cheers

  2. rosstheger Says:

    I’ll do my best Ali.

    Totally, there are not many players who leave Rangers and better themselves. Ferguson is one, Carlos Cuellar is doing really well at Villa but I think he is so much better than Bougherra.

    Will be interesting; I suppose if we make very good money on these players then thats a positive considering our current position and we have really good youngsters coming through like Wilson, Fleck, Ness and Wylde which will compensate for the loss.

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