Rangers FC eye swoop for midfield warrior

Patrik Hrosovsky

Rangers FC and Steven Gerrard have had a very busy summer at Ibrox with the Glaswegians doing their utmost to wrestle the title away from their rivals.

So far, the Gers have done a mightily impressive job. 

Heading into the international break, Rangers are six points ahead of their old nemesis Celtic and their biggest frailty has finally been ironed out.

Towards the back end of last term, the Light Blues were awful defensively.

It didn't matter who played, mistakes were rife in the backline. James Tavernier was chief suspect but they have turned their fortunes around spectacularly.

From a comical looking defence back then, few would have predicted they'd be breaking records in 2020/21.

After keeping a clean sheet against Hamilton, Rangers became the first top-flight side to keep six clean sheets in a row at the start of a season for 114 years. Remarkable.

Steven Gerrard

Fortunately for the Gers, they don't look as though they're going to rest on their laurels and they're now eyeing further defensive recruits.

According to a report from Slovakian publication iSport, Rangers are weighing up a loan move for Patrik Hrosovsky from Genk.

A former teammate of Ianis Hagi, it's thought that the Scottish club have now leapfrogged a couple of teams in the race to sign Hrosovsky. 

There had been talk of a move to Sparta or Slavia Prague but those options seemingly aren't on the table for the 28-year-old at the moment. 

Rangers are now eyeing their seventh summer addition and want to sign the player on loan with an option to buy next summer. Though, they could find it difficult to negotiate a deal. That's because Genk would prefer to sell the player this year, rather than in 2021.

They've been searching for around €4m (£3.5m) for Hrosovsky's services. 

Patrik Hrosovsky

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Ryan Jack has done little wrong this season so it's rather bizarre that Rangers are contemplating a move for another defensive midfielder.

The Scot has played in all six league matches in the middle of the park and has looked very comfortable. 

He's managed 1.2 tackles per match and registered an eye-catching pass success rate of 91.4% so far this term.

Clearly, this is a player who is comfortable playing under Gerrard.

Rangers aren't lacking midfield options either. They have Joe Aribo, Steven Davis, Ianis Hagi and Glen Kamara to pick from.

Patrik Hrosovsky

However, besides Aribo, none of them are too tough tackling. The former Charlton man has registered two tackles per match this season but Hrosovsky is a warrior in comparison to players like Kamara and Hagi. 

When the Gers are up against it, the Slovakia international, who is capped 25 times, would be incredibly useful.

In Europe last term, he won 1.6 tackles a game. It's a familiar theme throughout the years for the experience holding player. Hrosovsky was victorious from 2.2 challenges per outing in 2017/18. 

It's interesting to note that he's ahead of Jack when it comes to tackling, but he is ever so slightly behind when it comes to passing - registering a success rate of 84.8% last term. 

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