Who is Leonel Di Placido? Five facts about the player touted as James Tavernier's Rangers replacement

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Several clubs have been credited with an interest in the Rangers right-back, who skippers the Ibrox side under Steven Gerrard.

Leonel Di Placido (R) of Lanus fights for the ball with Pablo Galdames Millan (L) of Velez Sarsfield during a round of sixteen second leg match between Velez Sarsfield and Lanus as part of...

Leonel Di Placido is the latest player to be linked with a move to Steven Gerrard's Rangers.

Here are five things Rangers fans should know about the potentially Ibrox-bound star...


What sort of player is he?

An attack-minded right-back whose main strength is dribbling (WhoScored). It is also claimed that he likes to get forward and tackle, while he boasts an impressive amount of pace. It is little surprise, then, that he is being touted as a possible replacement for the Rangers captain James Tavernier (Talksport).

James Tavernier of Rangers controls the ball during the Europa League Second Qualifying round first leg match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at Ibrox Stadium on July 25, 2019 in...

Where's he been?

Di Placido came through the ranks at All Boys in his native Buenos Aires, before joining another club in the province, Lanus, two years ago. He has appeared 34 times for his current employers and scored or made three goals in that time.

Has he played for his country?

Not quite. The 25-year-old won his first senior national team call up a year ago, joining high profile stars such as Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Giovani Lo Celso in the Argentine squad for the friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia, but is still awaiting his debut.

Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale looks on during the Serie A match between Parma Calcio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Ennio Tardini on February 10, 2019 in Parma, Italy.

What's his situation?

Di Placido is in the final year of his Lanus contract (Transfermarkt) and could cost as little as £1 million (Talksport), although it is claimed that Rangers are looking at an initial loan for the player, who is said to own an Italian passport, in January.

Would Rangers face competition?

La Liga sides Espanyol and Leganes are keen, along with the Ligue 1 outfit Amiens (Talksport).

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