Rangers could land a player capable of carrying the ball like Adama Traore and Allan Saint-Maximin with Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray insisting Joe Rothwell possesses ability befitting “one of the best in the Premier League”, talking to the Lancashire Telegraph.
Consistency may continue to elude one of the most naturally talented footballers in England’s second tier but, while Blackburn have bounced back stronger after losing top scorer Adam Armstrong, replacing Rothwell may be a much more difficult task.
The former Manchester United youngster will become a free agent in the summer.
And, with talks over an extension at Ewood Park hitting the buffers, TEAMtalk believes Rothwell will be plying his trade at Ibrox next season.
Rangers are well placed to fight off competition from Leeds and Newcastle United. The 26-year-old is expected to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Scottish Premiership champions in the January transfer window.
“We’ve been talking about how amazing Joe Rothwell is, just his technique and his outstanding ability to run with the ball,” says Mowbray, a former Celtic manager.
“He is the best in this league in my mind at running with the ball and would be one of the best in the Premier League.
“Adama Traore, and Saint-Maximin at Newcastle – there aren’t many people who can run with the ball like Joe Rothwell.”
Joe Rothwell looks set to sign for Rangers
Refreshingly two-footed, Rothwell is at his barnstorming best when swaggering and slaloming across the turf, skipping through challenges like a gazelle outpacing a pack of hungry lions.
No-one in Rangers’ current squad – apart from perhaps Joe Aribo – can match the soon-to-be-free-agent’s ball-carrying ability.
Mowbray, however, was reluctant to give too much away when asked to respond to rumours suggesting Rothwell is Glasgow-bound.
“Is it media speculation someone has picked out of the air? Maybe. I speak to my players, I’d like to think they trust me and not just giving them manager spiel. I was a player for a long time and understand the emotions of it,” Mowbray adds.
“If they’re confident they can get to the Premier League or earn twice the money elsewhere, I understand it.”