Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the match
Glasgow Rangers manager, Pedro Caixinha, has showered praise on Sporting Lisbon’s young attacking midfielder, Ryan Gauld.
Caixinha has revealed in an interview with Portuguese newspaper, O Jogo, that Gauld was offered to Rangers.
Gauld started his career at Dundee United, where he scored nine goals and provided 12 assists in 51 appearances.
He was considered a top talent in Scottish football, and Sporting Lisbon took a gamble on then 18-year-old by paying £3million for his signature.
As part of club’s transfer policy, Sporting managed to insert an ambitious £48 million release clause, according to the BBC Sport, in his contract.
They had probably hoped that he would reach his potential. However, he has struggled for games at Sporting, and spent the last season on loan at Vitoria de Setubal.
Caixinha said that Gauld is a smart footballer, who possesses a lot of quality and thinks differently from other Scottish players.
Dundee United's Ryan Gauld (R) in action with Motherwell's Keith Lasley
The Portuguese manager will need a Scottish core in his side, and it seems that he is fairly impressed with the 21-year-old attacking midfielder.
"He was suggested to us on a loan, but I don't think we should have more than 2 loanees for that position and we're already covered," Caixinha said to O Jogo (printed edition; page 19)
"He wasn't needed, even if we recognize his lot of quality and competence. He's a very smart player, who thinks about the game differently. He has a different mindset”
Scotland's Ryan Gauld (R) in action with Montenegro's Nikola Vujnovic