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Scouting For Pedro Caixinha – Bringing Back This Midfielder To The Ibrox Would Be A Smart Move By Rangers

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Former Rangers player Vladimir Weiss
Vladimir Weiss

Why Rangers Should Look To Re-Sign Vladimir Weiss

Rangers will look to waste no time in improving their squad markedly before next season kicks off. The Gers finished 9 points behind Aberdeen and 39 behind neighbours Celtic but see themselves as being in a position that cannot get worse. So the only way is up.

As well as looking to bring in Portuguese talent to complement new manager Pedro Caixinha, Rangers have sought to acquire ex-players and boyhood Rangers supporters in order to ensure that they need not worry about their new recruits lacking passion for the cause.

Ex-Rangers striker Steven Naismith and Norwich teammate Graham Dorrans, a supporter as a boy, have both been the subject of ambitious enquiries so far and now another former player is on their radar in the shape of Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss.

Weiss, in his year on loan from Manchester City back in 2010/11, was an extremely popular player with the crowd and their love for him has clearly resonated. To this day on social media and the likes, Weiss comments on Rangers matters and shows his love for the club regularly.

Having not settled down in Spain, Italy or Greece since leaving Rangers, Weiss has played his football in Qatar for the last three years. Spells playing for Lekhwiya and now Al Gharafa in the Stars League and AFC cups have seen Weiss play 90 times and score 35 goals. The level out in the middle east is no longer significantly inferior to Scotland and so he would clearly not struggle to make an impact in the Premiership.

Caixinha clearly sees this position as the one that needs improvement, with Joe Dodoo not really yet establishing himself in the side despite reluctance from the head coach to play Barrie McKay on a regular basis.

Weiss scored 5 goals in 35 games last time around for Rangers, in a time when he was just learning his trade and when Rangers were playing in the Champions League. Add to this the greater strength of the Scottish top tier back then and you can see why the current day Weiss would be a huge asset for a current day Rangers.

To back up Weiss’ record, he has been picked no less than 58 times for his country and did particularly well in his 4 games at Euro 2016 in France, scoring once. Weiss has 6 international goals in total from out wide and would be a huge hit if he returns to Ibrox for a second spell.

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