Glasgow Rangers have recently been linked with a move for Rijeka midfielder Ivan Lepinjica and if he makes the move to Ibrox this summer, he could be the ideal long-term heir to Ryan Jack in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
According to Football Insider, Rangers and Wolves are battling it out to sign the 22-year-old this summer, with the Scottish side having reportedly tracked his progress since last season, while Croatian journalist Izak Ante Sucic has claimed that the youngster “could leave” Rijeka amid the reported interest.
The six-foot-three midfielder has previously captained Croatia U’21s and will no doubt be targeting a spot in Zlatko Dalic’s World Cup squad later this year.
Therefore a move to Rangers, where he would presumably be a regular in Van Bronckhorst’s side, could definitely appeal to the young midfielder, especially considering the success of fellow Croats Borna Barisic and Nikola Katic during their time at Ibrox.
Should Rangers sign Lepinjica?
If he were to arrive, then he could be the man to take over from Ryan Jack at Rangers in the long-term future, considering the former Aberdeen man will turn 31 next season.
Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see van Bronckhorst bring in a more reliable, younger option to Jack, in the hope that he could eventually replace him in Rangers’ first-team, and given the interest being shown in Lepinjica from Premier League sides, he could be a stellar addition.
Football talent scout Jacek Kulig has previously rated Lepinjica’s strengths as passing, vision, positioning, tackling, heading and anticipation, which marks him out as an excellent defensive-midfield option for the future.
At 22, the Rijeka man could be a very shrewd acquisition for the future and if van Bronckhorst can convince him to join this summer, then he could be the ideal man to replace Jack in Rangers’ starting eleven.