Why Rangers should eye move for Dan Glazer in January
Back in September, a report from The Glasgow Times had mentioned Rangers among the potential suitors for Israeli midfielder Dan Glazer during the summer window. A number of EFL Championship clubs were also understood to be interested in the Maccabi Tel Aviv star, but Glazer eventually ended up staying put in his homeland.
A youth exponent of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Dan Glazer represented the club across various age-groups, featuring in the UEFA Youth League. He spent time on loan at Beitar Tel Aviv Ramla in the second-tier and Maccabi Netanya in the top-flight before establishing himself as a first-team regular at his parent club.
Glazer made 36 appearances in all competitions for Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2018-19 and featured 38 times last term, winning back-to-back domestic titles. He has made a total of 88 appearances for M. Tel Aviv so far, scoring once and registering 5 assists in the process. The midfielder made his senior international debut for Israel in 2018 and has earned 8 caps for his nation so far.
Glazer would add more depth to the Gers’ midfield
Rangers roped in Bongani Zungu on a season-long loan deal from Amiens. The Gers have the option to turn Zungu’s loan agreement into a permanent transfer at the end of the season. There aren’t any guarantees, though, that the South African would be a part of the club’s plans beyond next summer.
The 28-year-old has made only two appearances so far and will certainly need to play a bigger role in the coming months to secure his long-term future at Ibrox.
The door, therefore, remains open for Rangers to monitor other targets ahead of the January window. With Steven Davis nearing his twilight at 35 and Scott Arfield also not getting any younger at 31, the Gers surely need to line up some alternatives moving forward. Reigniting interest in Dan Glazer, to that end, would definitely make a lot of sense.
Essentially a defensive midfielder by trade, Glazer has already racked up over 150 club career appearances in his homeland while winning the domestic title twice. The 24-year-old has also caught the eye with several solid shifts in M. Tel Aviv’s Europa League campaign this season, which clearly underlines his potential to deliver the goods against quality opposition.
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Celtic have exploited the Israeli market to good effect in recent years, with Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed both enjoying reasonable success at Parkhead. With that in mind, Rangers should take a page out of the Hoops’ book and line up a potential deal for Dan Glazer.
At 24, the Israeli still has plenty of room for growth, as opposed to someone like Zungu, who is already 28. Having said that, Glazer looks like a player who could well offer better value for money as far as Rangers are concerned.