A number of Rangers’ creative players are facing uncertain futures but Arsenal’s forgotten man Joel Campbell could be an excellent addition.
With Rangers hardly lighting cigars with £50 notes, it’s fair to say their relationship with Arsenal has come in quite handy over the years.
After all, midfield maestro Jon Toral (above) is not the first Gunners youngster to make a short-term move to Ibrox with German-born American youngster Gedion Zelalem arriving to help Rangers back into the top flight last season.
And, if Rangers want to utilise this connection once again this summer, they could find that Arsenal are willing to part with a player who could have a huge impact at Ibrox.
According to Futbol Centro America, Costa Rican winger Joel Campbell is set to return to the Emirates this summer after struggling to impress during a season long loan at Sporting Lisbon. As a result, Premier League newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion are sniffing around the 24-year-old.
Yet, Campbell would surely prove to be an even more inspired signing than Toral or Zelalem at Rangers. The attacker may have struggled to nail down a starting berth at Arsenal since signing in 2011, his spell at Sporting the fifth time he has left the club on loan.
However, it’s worth remembering that there was a brief time last season that Campbell had forced his way into Arsene Wenger’s first team plans, starting eleven Premier League games. And his form proved something of a pleasant surprise, contributing to five goals while impressing with his vision, direct running weight of pass.
As such, it was something of a surprise that he was farmed out again last summer.
Though with Arsenal once again keen to let him leave, Rangers should jump at the chance of bringing him to Ibrox. After all, manager Pedro Caixinha appears less than impressed with Barrie McKay’s stuttering form while Emerson Hyndman’s loan is coming to an end.
Furthermore, fellow wideman Michael O’Halloran also looks set to leave after falling out of favour.
Therefore, an approach for Campbell makes perfect sense.
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