In theory, Rangers’ attempts to build a squad on free agents is watertight. After all, the Ibrox giants are hardly awash with disposable funds.
However, instead of targeting over-the-hill has-beens, perhaps they should delve into the usually reliable Bundesliga market. There’s a few players in the prime of their careers on the lookout for new employment.
Pedro Caixinha’s desire for exciting attacking football is all well and good but, with top scorer Kenny Miller out of contract at the end of the season, you wonder whether his side’s bite could be stronger than their bark.
Joe Garner has scored just four goals in his debut campaign so the Portuguese must upgrade his centre-forward options. And though Frankfurt striker Haris Seferovic has failed to fulfil his initial promise (he outshone Neymar, Isco and Philippe Coutinho at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup) he is in need of a change of scenery and a loyal fan base to massage his ego.
Strong, good in the air and blessed with a thunderous shot, the 38-time Swiss international netted 11 Bundesliga goals in 2014/15 and there’s still time to recapture that form.
While Frankfurt are floating in the comfort of mid-table, there’s a very chance that Ingolstadt’s Bundesliga journey will be coming to an abrupt end in the coming weeks. Eight points adrift of the relegation play-off spot, the club’s key players could be forgiven for weighing up their options.
And few could blame Hinterseer if he decides against renewing his contract at the Bundesliga strugglers. Injury may have restricted the Austrian international, who featured once off the bench at Euro 2016, to just eight league starts this season but a tally of six goals in his first season in the German top flight demonstrated his potential.
The 31-year-old may have been one of the most consistent defenders in the Bundesliga this season, marshalling RB Leipzig’s solid back line and guiding them to the verge of Champions League qualification, but as it stands he will be allowed to leave the nouveau-riche newcomers in the summer.
And Rangers could certainly benefit from Compper’s leadership and dependability. Especially with Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson accidents waiting to happen while Clint Hill is 38 and a free agent in a matter of weeks.