Rangers-linked James Lawrence reportedly set for 2nd-tier move 2 months after Steven Gerrard 'considered £3m bid'

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has added two new centre-backs to his Ibrox ranks.

James Lawrence of RSC Anderlecht during the UEFA Europa League group D match between RSC Anderlecht and Fenerbahce AS at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on October 25, 2018 in Brussels,...

James Lawrence was one of the players targeted by Steven Gerrard as the Rangers manager sought to strengthen his central defensive options earlier this summer, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper claimed that Rangers were weighing up a £3 million bid for the Welsh international, who plays for Anderlecht in Belgium.

 

But Rangers later added George Edmundson and Filip Helander in Lawrence's position, eliminating any need for him at Ibrox, where Gerrard also has Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic to call on.

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Lawrence, meanwhile, has yet to feature for Anderlecht this season.

And, according to HLN in Belgium, the 27-year-old is now set to join FC St Pauli on loan.

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle United at Hillsborough on January 16, 2018...

St Pauli currently play in the second tier of German football and are managed by the former Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay.

Rangers are reported to have paid around £3.5m for Helander, who has significantly more top-level experience than Lawrence.

Edmundson, meanwhile, is reported to have cost around a fifth of that, and is five years younger than the Anderlecht player.

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