Rangers reportedly want another centre-back despite signing four in the summer.
Rangers are reportedly after AEK Athens defender Vassilis Lambropoulos as Steven Gerrard looks to add another centre-back to his side – and he boasts the defensive quality to become Ibrox’s next Sotirios Kygriakos.
Greek outlet SDNA claim Rangers are interested in signing two-time Greece international Lambropoulos, with the defender looking to leave Athens as his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
AEK have the option of handing the 28-year-old a one-year extension, but with Lambropoulos in and out of the AEK side, the chances of him remaining at the club seem unlikely.
Indeed, Lambropoulos has made 16 appearances in all competitions for AEK this season, but he has been left out of five of AEK’s 13 league games. He helped dispose of Celtic in Champions League qualifying.
Comfortable on the ball and hard to beat in the air, Lambropoulos has all the attributes required to mirror the only other Greek player every to pull on the Light Blue shirt – Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
The retired centre-back played for Rangers after his loan was made permanent in a £1.75million move for Panathinaikos in the summer of 2005. During his initial six-month loan, he helped Rangers win the 2004-05 Scottish Premiership – as well as the League Cup.
He clocked up 57 appearances in all competitions during his time at Rangers, probably most remembered for his winning goal against FC Porto in the Champions League group stages of 2005-06 – helping Rangers win 3-2.
Kyrgiakos – who also played alongside manager Gerrard at Liverpool – left in 2006 to join Eintracht Frankfurt, but he is remembered as a top player during his time at Ibrox. Lambropoulos has the ability to match that.
Adding Lambropoulos to his squad would give Rangers power and European know how at the back, and the club’s Gerrard versaion of Kyrgiakos.
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