Update emerges on Rangers quest to sign £8m-rated ‘Magician’ amid Celtic interest – reports

Rangers have reportedly moved on to other options and are no longer pursuing a move for Celtic target Oscar Gloukh in the January transfer window.

According to the Daily Record [1 December], the 18-year-old midfielder was on the club’s radar in the summer, but is no longer being considered at Ibrox.

The Hoops are among a host of clubs linked with the Israel international who’s currently plying his trade at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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Mistake?

Rangers do need some quality from midfield and the teenager is undoubtedly a talented player who can contribute on both ends.

Per the Record, It is understood that the Israeli outfit are demanding £8million in order to part ways with him.

At 18, Gloukh may be rated a tad high, but he could be a good investment as he’ll be worth a lot more in the future and thus it makes sense to spend that for his resale value.

He was rather unknown in Europe, but he managed to burst onto the scene earlier in 2022 when he wowed many at the Under-19 EUROs.

According to a recent scouting report by the Mastermind Site, he has been labelled a “Magician” for his impeccable passing ability.

Rangers certainly need a player that can tear open defences with one pass and they really must consider making a move for the teenager as if he goes on to achieve great things at Celtic, it’ll be another major regret.

In other Rangers news, the club had a record-breaking striker on trial at Ibrox and he’s gone on to make headlines in the United Kingdom.

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GvB coach to be given Rangers lifeline by Beale as images emerge on Thursday – report

Rangers goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart is set to be given a chance to prove himself by Michael Beale, according to the Daily Record.

After Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sacked by the Light Blues, many of his support staff opted to leave alongside him with new boss Beale bringing his own quota of key staff members with him from Queens Park Rangers.

But the former Ibrox assistant manager appears ready to put his trust in Stewart and allow him to continue his good work with the goalkeeping department at Auchenhowie.

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Images were released of the Bears in training on Thursday (1 December) with Beale and Stewart pictured standing side by side in discussion as the hard work went on in front of them.

Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin have been the two goalkeepers used so far this season with Robby McCrorie as the emergency backup as van Bronckhorst could not decide on a permanent number one.

Last chance

If there was one position where Rangers look in desperate need of a refresh it is between the sticks but Stewart has not had a great deal of youth to work with for a prolonged period.

McGregor and McLaughlin are both closer to the end of their respective careers than the start and McCrorie is horribly inexperienced for his age having been snubbed by van Bronckhorst and Steven Gerrard before him.

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If the money is on the table in the January transfer window, then the Light Blues could do with a new man to hold down the fort in goal first and foremost before targeting other outfield areas.

Stewart has done what he can with the current trio but if improvements don’t come soon then he could easily find himself behind van Bronckhorst in the Job Centre queue.

Thankfully for him, Beale likes to give people chances to prove themselves so now he just has to take it with both hands and never let go.

In other Rangers news, Ibrox News understands that this teenage starlet has already wowed at Auchenhowie and could be offered a deal after Christmas.

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BBC journalist names four Rangers young players who’ll get first-team shot under Michael Beale

Michael Beale is set to hand out four huge opportunities to promising Rangers youngsters after his appointment at Ibrox this week, according to BBC Scotland’s Kheredine Idessane.

Beale will already be familiar with a number of staff and players at Rangers after he spent three years at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard as his assistant manager.

The 42-year-old now finds himself at the helm in Glasgow and one of his first decisions as manager seems to be regarding a number of young prospects in the club’s academy.

According to Idessane, Charlie McCann, Adam Devine, Alex Lowry and Zak Lovelace are all set to be given first-team opportunities at Ibrox.

Idessane took to Twitter on 27 November to report that Beale is expected to let younger players get their chance at the club.

Let the youngsters shine

Beale’s strength as a manager comes in his understanding of players and their technical ability. The former QPR boss has a superb eye for talent and has clearly already identified four players at Rangers he believes can be future stars.

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Expecting him to close the gap to Celtic in his first season in charge may be too big an ask considering the nine-point gap already built from the first half of the season, but Beale can use his first few months to really get his hands on the squad and maybe introduce some youngsters to the fray.

The schedule after the Premiership returns is hectic and will require lots of rotation – especially considering Rangers’ injury issues.

That opens up plenty of opportunity for youngsters to shine, and it’s great news that Beale is reportedly ready to unleash the club’s academy stars.

In what has been a torrid season so far, unearthing an academy gem and handing them an opportunity to shine could be a rare shining light for Gers fans.

In other Rangers news, Stephen Robinson sends Michael Beale a message asking him to influence a ‘ridiculous’ law in Scotland

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