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Rangers 'no' plan deal to sign 'incredible' £19m wizard, GvB gutted

Rangers reportedly have no intention of signing Amad Diallo from Manchester United. (Author: Gardener)

GvBAn update has surfaced on Rangers and their plans for the remainder of the summer transfer window at Ibrox... The Heart & Hand podcast's Twitter account, which is an official media partner of the club, has revealed that a player whom the Light Blues not planning to sign a deal planning. They tweeted: "Amad Diallo is off Rangers' radar at the moment." The Manchester United man spent the second half of last season on loan at Ibrox and doesn't appear ready for a second stint in Scotland. This update will leave the head coach disappointed as he would certainly be interested in Ross Wilson swooping in on the attacker again. Amad had a rough start to his Ibrox career but came into his own in the final weeks of the campaign, offering a glimpse of what he could do with a full season - and a pre-season - to showcase his talent. The wizard, who cost the Red Devils £19million in 2021, has managed just one goal in his first seven Premier League games - with no assists - after scoring on his debut against Ross County. Finding footing in a Light Blues shirt, he showed he has the quality to make a big impact in the final third. Amad joined and trained incredibly as a young lad. We see his quality in training, he's got incredible feet, but we've seen that he's also pressing well and winning the ball back, which is exactly what we want. The 19-year-old could therefore have been an influential player for Rangers next season after six months to settle down in Scotland. Instead, he will either remain at Old Trafford or move elsewhere, leaving van Bronckhorst furious that he will no longer be able to work with Diallo in the 2022/23 season.

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Angelo Fulgini blows to Rangers as the Bundesliga player moves closer despite wanting a move from Ibrox

The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to Ibrox but it seems his ultimate destination will be the Bundesliga, although he wishes to move to Ibrox. (Author: Gardener)

IbroxRangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been busy on the transfer front this week. Angelo Fulgini is close to completing a move to Bundesliga side Mainz after Rangers failed to offer enough to give him a preferred transfer. There has been interest in his services and Rangers are one of the clubs said to be interested, according to Ouest France. It is claimed that the Govan club have 'made two offers just under the €7m requested by President Saïd Chabane' and that a move to Germany with Mainz is now likely. READ MORE: Rangers, backed by Borussia Dortmund and Roma in transfer battle as they keep tabs on £10m talent Fulgini, is out of contract next summer and may have proved a quality replacement for Joe Aribo , who left Glasgow for Southampton. Light blues boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already signed John Souttar, Antonio Colak and Tom Lawrence this summer. - Antonio Colak confirmed to Rangers as Croatian promises title to 'incredible fans' - Rangers transfer bonus as Joe Aribo offers 'significant 'financial parting gift and outstanding win' - Rangers close in on Rabbi Matondo transfer as a ' agreement in principle" was reached for the Schalke winger

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3 things Rangers learned in broken Sunderland test game after frustrating first half before Portuguese blackout

It was a frustrating night for the Ibrox side as their clash against the Algarve Black Cats was abandoned at half-time due to a floodlight failure. (Author: Gardener)

SunderlandIt can always be dangerous to get too caught up in pre-season games. What if it's only half a game? But that's all Rangers fans have to do after their first friendly of the summer ended in absurd circumstances, being abandoned at half-time due to a floodlight failure at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira. New players are often written off for poor pre-season performance when snap judgments are made about that big-money signing - only to thrive when the real action begins. The Rangers players will have plenty of other opportunities to impress the boss but apart from training sessions at their warm-weather Algarve training camp, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has just 45 minutes left against Sunderland and that will be up to their trip to the sea to face Blackpool on July 16, followed by friendlies against West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. And it wasn't a great half of football from the Europa League finalists and Scottish Cup winners as they blew up the cobwebs as the Light Blues trailed 1-0 behind the Black Cats as the game ended through Luke O 'No's hit was interrupted. When Premier Sports' coverage dropped - which only contributed to a miserable night for armchair fans - Gers supporters watching at home didn't miss much. But here Record Sport looks at some of the things we learned from the 45 minutes. Many fans felt Jon McLaughlin was due for a run on the team when Allan McGregor was out of shape. Then, just as it looked like McGregor was heading for the exit, McLaughlin was touted for first place while Robby McCrorie rose. However, that all changed when McGregor signed a new contract. Some believe McLaughlin should still be the first choice and he started against his old club but didn't look too smart when he came on for Alex Pritchard's corner but failed to collect everything leading to the game's only goal. The former Aberdeen man ended the season on a high with his goal in the Scottish Cup final and picked up where he left off, looking menacing every time he picked up the ball. He's been on the fringes during his time at Ibrox but if he finds his top form he could be a big player this season. This was Niko Katic's first appearance in a Rangers first-team shirt in over two years following injury and a loan spell in Croatia. This is crucial for him in terms of his Ibrox career and that decision will not be based on 45 minutes against Alex Neils Mackems. But the defender didn't show much in the first half to convince fans who are divided on whether he has a long-term future.

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Flight to Glasgow: Rangers "want" to complete signing, fans will be cheering

Rangers are reportedly set to sign Rabbi Matondo from Schalke next week. (Author: Gardener)

GlasgowThere is an important update on Rangers and their pursuit of Rabbi Matondo in the summer transfer window... Sport1 reporter Patrick Berger has revealed that the Gers are set to strike a deal to sign the forward shortly. He tweeted: "Glasgow Rangers want to sign Rabbi Matondo. Firstly, they'll be delighted at how quickly Ross Wilson is working in the transfer market, having recently signed a deal to sign Antonio Colak. After a slow start to the summer, Rangers are now close to a second signing in quick succession and fans will be happy with the progress in the window. Second, they will be excited about Matondo as he has the potential to be an excellent player for Gio van Bronckhorst. Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola previously praised the youngster, saying: "They (Schalke) are interested in another young player. I know how good he is, an incredibly fast winger and a young talent. This club works so well.” These comments from the Spaniard suggest he will be an exciting player for fans as he has the speed to leap past his mark and get things going in the last third. As you can see in the chart above, the Welshman showed promise in Belgium last season. Across all competitions, the forward registered ten goals and two assists on loan from Schalke at Cercle Brugge and these stats give a sense of what he can offer Rangers. At 21, he is still in the early stages of his career and is a player who can make a difference in the immediate future while also having the potential to improve and grow in importance and value over the long term. Fans will therefore be buzzing when he walks through the door, hoping there are no last-minute snags.

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Sunderland's friendly was a farce and the new Rangers transfer boys are nomadic nobodies who will not improve

Michael Gannon takes your calls as fans react to a 'farce' situation in the Algarve. (Author: Gardener)

SunderlandRangers and Sunderland players left in the dark Rangers fans were left in the dark in the Algarve at the weekend, but a few new arrivals always shed some light. The friendly duel with Sunderland ended in a shambles when the floodlights hit it at half-time, but fans are hoping new recruits Antonio Colak and Tom Lawrence can bring some relief following Joe Aribo's departure. Alan McGaw, Alloa, said: “What an absolute farce by Portugal when the floodlights didn't work and the game was abandoned. I know it was just a friendly but what would have happened if it had been a European game? What about the fans who also paid for admission? As for the signings? Robert Livingstone, West Palm Beach, is confident and said: “Colak and Lawrence are natural scorers and their additions certainly make Rangers more competitive. Once Morelos comes back and stays, Van Bronckhorst has an opportunity to play all three up front. But Barriemore Barlow, of Dunbartonshire, said: “Rangers are nowhere near ready for a new season. Bassey and Barisic appear to be staying, Aribo is gone and they have signed two attackers, both 28 years old and having played for a total of 19 clubs - mostly on loan. Hardly anything that stands the test of time.” Kevin Kean, Inchinan, said: “I don't know anything about Tom Lawrence and I suspect neither do Rangers fans. Not in Wales' recent World Cup squad, he has scored 36 goals in 180 games with Derby. When does Colak play? Celtic fans also like to get involved in Rangers' transfer business. Henry Moffat, Stirling, said: "I had to laugh at the caller who said Rangers paid £300,000 for Joe Aribo, more like just under £3m in player and agent contract fees and little profit of £6m after his lavish wages. The deal with Tom Lawrence is exactly the same, and after reading many reports of his regular slumps in form and bad attitude, it's clear it's just a downgrade from Aribo with no resale value. Richard Wharton, Carlisle said: “So Lawrence signs on to Ibrox. Paul Keenan said via email: "I'm surprised Rangers didn't come around to sign Jack Wilshere before he hung up his boots. Must be a new strategy under John Park." Meanwhile crystal ball time as Gordon Ashley, Ayr said: "I said on the hotline last season that Scott Brown would play a big part in denying Rangers the title and I was right , since Broony was the most influential player when Aberdeen won four points fewer. Celtic made some early deals but some fans are concerned more is needed. David Bryce, Troon, said: “I hope when Ange says he wants a player or two, he really means about six. We urgently need a defensive midfielder and a good middle half. Ange says we never stop, but we really have to improve."

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Alex Lowry posed the Rangers challenge as an emerging star bucks trend of top talent leaving Scotland

The Ibrox starlet has received rave reviews over the past season and after renewing his contract, Kenny Dalglish believes he is aiming for a top team spot. (Author: Gardener)

Alex LowryKenny Dalglish reckons Alex Lowry will need to improve on last season to break into Giovanni van Bronckhorst's Rangers first-team on a regular basis. Former Ibrox midfielder Kevin Thomson touted him as a replacement for Joe Aribo after the Nigeria international made a big-money move to English Premier League side Southampton. Lowry himself is said to be traveling to England with clubs like Newcastle United linked with the Lanarkshire star. However, he ended all speculation last season when he signed a new contract with Rangers, looking to keep him at the club until at least 2025. Lowry's former Rangers team-mate Rory Wilson joined Aston Villa aged just 16, while Calvin Ramsay left Aberdeen for English giants Liverpool and Lewis Ferguson and Josh Doig were close to moving to Italy, where Aaron Hickey had a spell before he joined Brentford after leaving Hearts for Bologna. In his Sunday Post column, Dalglish wrote: "Alex Lowry has decided to extend his contract with Rangers and right now he's in Portugal to show Giovanni van Bronckhorst he's ready for promotion and a regular in the first team to play football. He showed a few times last season that he's talented and has a good mentality. Speaking on the exodus of top talent, Liverpool legend Dalglish said: "Looking at the quality of young players coming through in Scotland right now, I think our game is in a good place. In recent years we've seen Kieran Tierney and Billy Gilmour progress through the ranks of the Old Firm to join big clubs in the English Premier League. “Aaron Hickey also made his mark with Hearts as a 16-year-old and joined Bologna two years later. And now he's the latest Scot to join the Premier League for £17million after joining Brentford. Calvin Ramsay joined Anfield from Aberdeen last month, with the Dons receiving a record fee.” “Aston Villa recently signed 16-year-old striker Rory Wilson from Rangers, as well as Kerr Smith, just a year older, from Dundee United and Hibernian signed , Josh Doig has attracted interest from several European clubs and could well move to Hellas Verona in Serie A this week.” Andy Robertson took a route from Queen's Park to Dundee United and on to Hull City before landing his transfer to Liverpool .” Nathan Patterson will hope to put his injuries behind him and follow suit at Everton, having left Rangers for a sizeable fee in the previous window. Of course, financial terms are important to the selling club, which will have promoted a talent through the ranks. But they young players should also consider the type of football club they are moving to. So the move of Calvin Ramsay - who is currently struggling with injury - to Liverpool is great for him. Jurgen Klopp has shown that if you have the talent, there is a path to the first team. “Calvin may or may not play for the first team in the Carabao Cup this season.

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Alex Lowry posed the Rangers challenge as an emerging star bucks trend of top talent leaving Scotland

The Ibrox starlet has received rave reviews over the past season and after renewing his contract, Kenny Dalglish believes he is aiming for a top team spot. (Author: Gardener)

Alex LowryKenny Dalglish reckons Alex Lowry will need to improve on last season to break into Giovanni van Bronckhorst's Rangers first-team on a regular basis. Former Ibrox midfielder Kevin Thomson touted him as a replacement for Joe Aribo after the Nigeria international made a big-money move to English Premier League side Southampton. Lowry himself is said to be traveling to England with clubs like Newcastle United linked with the Lanarkshire star. However, he ended all speculation last season when he signed a new contract with Rangers, looking to keep him at the club until at least 2025. Lowry's former Rangers team-mate Rory Wilson joined Aston Villa aged just 16, while Calvin Ramsay left Aberdeen for English giants Liverpool and Lewis Ferguson and Josh Doig were close to moving to Italy, where Aaron Hickey had a spell before he joined Brentford after leaving Hearts for Bologna. In his Sunday Post column, Dalglish wrote: "Alex Lowry has decided to extend his contract with Rangers and right now he's in Portugal to show Giovanni van Bronckhorst he's ready for promotion and a regular in the first team to play football. He showed a few times last season that he's talented and has a good mentality. Speaking on the exodus of top talent, Liverpool legend Dalglish said: "Looking at the quality of young players coming through in Scotland right now, I think our game is in a good place. In recent years we've seen Kieran Tierney and Billy Gilmour progress through the ranks of the Old Firm to join big clubs in the English Premier League. “Aaron Hickey also made his mark with Hearts as a 16-year-old and joined Bologna two years later. And now he's the latest Scot to join the Premier League for £17million after joining Brentford. Calvin Ramsay joined Anfield from Aberdeen last month, with the Dons receiving a record fee.” “Aston Villa recently signed 16-year-old striker Rory Wilson from Rangers, as well as Kerr Smith, just a year older, from Dundee United and Hibernian signed , Josh Doig has attracted interest from several European clubs and could well move to Hellas Verona in Serie A this week.” Andy Robertson took a route from Queen's Park to Dundee United and on to Hull City before landing his transfer to Liverpool .” Nathan Patterson will hope to put his injuries behind him and follow suit at Everton, having left Rangers for a sizeable fee in the previous window. Of course, financial terms are important to the selling club, which will have promoted a talent through the ranks. But they young players should also consider the type of football club they are moving to. So the move of Calvin Ramsay - who is currently struggling with injury - to Liverpool is great for him. Jurgen Klopp has shown that if you have the talent, there is a path to the first team. “Calvin may or may not play for the first team in the Carabao Cup this season.

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3 things Rangers learned in broken Sunderland test game after frustrating first half before Portuguese blackout

It was a frustrating night for the Ibrox side as their clash against the Algarve Black Cats was abandoned at half-time due to a floodlight failure. (Author: Gardener)

SunderlandIt can always be dangerous to get too caught up in pre-season games. What if it's only half a game? But that's all Rangers fans have to do after their first friendly of the summer ended in absurd circumstances, being abandoned at half-time due to a floodlight failure at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira. New players are often written off for poor pre-season performance when snap judgments are made about that big-money signing - only to thrive when the real action begins. The Rangers players will have plenty of other opportunities to impress the boss but apart from training sessions at their warm-weather Algarve training camp, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has just 45 minutes left against Sunderland and that will be up to their trip to the sea to face Blackpool on July 16, followed by friendlies against West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. And it wasn't a great half of football from the Europa League finalists and Scottish Cup winners as they blew up the cobwebs as the Light Blues trailed 1-0 behind the Black Cats as the game ended through Luke O 'No's hit was interrupted. When Premier Sports' coverage dropped - which only contributed to a miserable night for armchair fans - Gers supporters watching at home didn't miss much. But here Record Sport looks at some of the things we learned from the 45 minutes. Many fans felt Jon McLaughlin was due for a run on the team when Allan McGregor was out of shape. Then, just as it looked like McGregor was heading for the exit, McLaughlin was touted for first place while Robby McCrorie rose. However, that all changed when McGregor signed a new contract. Some believe McLaughlin should still be the first choice and he started against his old club but didn't look too smart when he came on for Alex Pritchard's corner but failed to collect everything leading to the game's only goal. The former Aberdeen man ended the season on a high with his goal in the Scottish Cup final and picked up where he left off, looking menacing every time he picked up the ball. He's been on the fringes during his time at Ibrox but if he finds his top form he could be a big player this season. This was Niko Katic's first appearance in a Rangers first-team shirt in over two years following injury and a loan spell in Croatia. This is crucial for him in terms of his Ibrox career and that decision will not be based on 45 minutes against Alex Neils Mackems. But the defender didn't show much in the first half to convince fans who are divided on whether he has a long-term future.

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Rangers' friendly against Sunderland was canceled at half-time, with the Black Cats leading 1-0

Rangers were 1-0 down at Sunderland at half-time in a friendly in Portugal when the stadium was plunged into darkness due to a floodlight failure (Author: Gardener)

SunderlandSign up for our football newsletter for the latest from the pitch. Sign up for our football newsletter for the latest from the pitch. Rangers' pre-season friendly against Sunderland was abandoned at half-time on Saturday night after a floodlight failure in Portugal. The two sides were in the midst of their first friendly of the summer in southern Portugal when a technical problem arose at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira. Confused players came back to play the second 45 minutes only to find the ground plunged in darkness. Officials stood around for 40 minutes while technicians tried to solve the problem, but although lights were restored the game was eventually abandoned, leaving everyone involved extremely irritated. Sunderland led 1-0 over Rangers at the break after Luke O'Nien's strike in the 28th minute. READ MORE: Rangers legend Kenny Miller collides with Celtic keeper in fiery Masters patch-off Rangers said in a statement: "Neither Rangers nor Sunderland were responsible for the stadium running and the floodlights failing. “However, Rangers appreciate the support of our loyal fans and the support they give to the team wherever we go, which means everything to us. Rangers will refund the ticket cost to all Rangers ticket holders and our supporters who bought the game on RangersTV.” It ended a shambolic night of pre-season football that had many Rangers and Sunderland fans already upset after the live stream of the game was temporarily suspended by Premier Sports. Have you ever seen such a farce? "This friendly will go down as the strangest friendly in football history," wrote a Rangers fan. Another quipped: "If only we played at the Stadium of Light." "That's pretty bad considering what fans would have paid for a friendly to Portugal," added another. "It's disappointing," said Sunderland manager Alex Neil. "Of course we really wanted to push the game forward and we played because it's important minutes that we lost for the preparation that we did here (in Portugal). Sunderland will resume their pre-season campaign on Wednesday, taking on Jose Mourinho's Roma, while Rangers play a game against West Ham at Ibrox on July 18 before another game against Tottenham on July 23.

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John Souttar tipped Paul Ritchie's Rangers success after making the same transfer from Hearts

Paul Ritchie left Hearts like John Souttar in the summer to join Rangers on a Bosman after the Edinburgh club turned down previous offers for the players. (Author: Gardener)

John SouttarPaul Ritchie left Hearts like John Souttar in the summer to join Rangers on a Bosman after the Edinburgh club turned down previous offers for the players. Ritchie was 24 when he traveled to the other end of the M8, Souttar was 25 and they each had six caps for Scotland when they left Tynecastle. Souttar signed a four-year deal last month and Ritchie also in June 2000 1998 Scottish Cup final - was sacked by then-manager Dick Advocaat after just 75 days at Ibrox and sold to Manchester City for £500,000 each before Abu Dhabi's oil money left the Lancashire fortune -Clubs who had just returned to England's top division but would be relegated again this season. "John won't have similar issues: everything else aside, he's a better player than me!" he said. "The only disappointing aspect for me is that Hearts didn't get him a fee after standing by him through his serious injuries. “He will fit into the Rangers team in the way I envisioned when I went there. John is ahead of me in terms of Scotland caps and the level of play he produces. "The way he's playing, he could be a midfielder. "I have no doubt that John will be a great signing for Rangers and he will be a success there. It says a lot about him that his last game for Hearts was in the Scottish Cup final against his new club and he was Robbie Neilson's best player. I played with both of them at Hearts and they were ahead of their time because they also liked to get the ball out from behind. For Ritchie, the possibility of what could have been if only Advocaat had given him a chance remains a source of frustration. “The problem, in my opinion, was that I was the signature of a chairman rather than the signature of a manager. Rangers were criticized in some circles for not buying Scottish players and I think David Murray was more responsible for me coming than Dick Advocaat. My old Hearts team-mate Allan Johnston had been signed earlier in the year, didn't get too many games and was sold to Middlesbrough a year later. “Kenny Miller came from Hibs at the same time as me and was also sold to Wolves in 2001. Looking back, I was always way down the pecking order with the quality that Rangers had back then, but I was okay with that because I always knew I had to fight to earn my chance. “During our pre-season tour of Holland, I quickly got the impression that Advocaat just didn't like me. “The turning point for me was when Advocaat brought 19 players to Denmark for a Champions League qualifier in early August. I was left behind, Scott Wilson took my place and was actively told I had no future at the club. "When I went to Dick he told me I could stay if I wanted to, but I could go too. I found it strange after such a short time, but two days later I got a call [to say] that the gaffer had accepted an offer for me.”

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