Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha
Before the summer spending spree started to take shape, Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha insisted that Scottish would remain a prevailing dialect within the Ibrox dressing room. Though keen to bring in players from outside, the Portuguese was keen to ensure the spine of his side was fortified by domestic-based players.
So far, however, former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack is the only newcomer to Ibrox with any experience of the Scottish game under his belt. Though deals for Jamie Walker and Graham Dorrans are reportedly still alive and kicking, the vast majority of Caixinha’s additions have come from overseas.
And it appears that one of Rangers’ most intriguing summer targets has been forgotten by the wayside. The Express claimed last month that Partick Thistle centre-back Liam Lindsay was on the club’s radar after an excellent breakthrough campaign with their Glasgow rivals.
The 21-year-old featured 35 times in the Scottish Premiership last season, even scoring six goals from centre-back, to confirm his status as one of the nation’s most talented young defenders in recent years.
Patrick Thistle's Liam Lindsay
However, while Caixinha has added a distinctly Iberian flavour to his backline with the addition of compatriots Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso, Lindsay appears to have been lured away from Scotland.
The BBC claim that Championship side Barnsley have agreed a fee with the highly-rated defender – which pretty much ends Rangers’ pursuit. However, this feels like a missed opportunity.
Not only is Lindsay a homegrown prospect, he also has a potentially huge re-sale value. After a few impressive seasons, Rangers could have made a substantial profit.
And, having proven himself in Scotland with some excellent performances for Partick, Lindsay had the tools to improve a shaky Rangers backline. Instead, Caixinha will be relying on the unknown Cardoso and the 35-year-old Alves – two players who have never stepped foot in Scottish football.