Rangers Are Expected to Move Away from Signing Players from the English Market This Summer

Rangers are set to target players from outside of England this summer, according to a report in the Daily Record.

The newspaper claims that despite former managers Steven Gerrard, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and Michael Beale prioritizing the English market in recent seasons, the club is “likely” to look elsewhere during the current transfer window.

New manager Philippe Clement and recruitment chief Nils Koppen, both Belgians, are leading a squad overhaul and reportedly believe “better value can be found shopping elsewhere.”

So far, Rangers have signed three young players: Brazilian left-back Jefte, Colombian winger Oscar Cortes (on loan-to-buy), and French center-back Clinton Nsiala (pre-contract, free transfer).

This shift in strategy comes after a mixed bag of results from English signings in recent years. Players like Todd Cantwell, Kieran Dowell, Ben Davies, and Tom Lawrence arrived from England, along with star goalkeeper Jack Butland. While Butland has been a success, the overall impact of these signings has been underwhelming, particularly with Cantwell’s struggles last season.

The report suggests that the high wages often demanded by English players may not be cost-effective for Clement and Koppen, especially considering the significant squad rebuild needed. Additionally, the focus on young and unproven talent hints at a strategy aimed at maximizing potential resale value down the line.