Key Rangers scouting mission takes place in Greece tonight as Ibrox coach jets out

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The experienced right-back will be scouted by Ibrox coach Harry Watling in the Greek capital this evening.

Rangers will watch the Panathinaikos defender Giannis Kotsiras in action against PAOK Salonika tonight as they look to reinforce their back line for next season.

The 30-year-old Greek international right-back is due to play in the crucial match at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, with Panathinaikos chasing their first Super League title since 2010.

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As revealed on this site last week, Rangers are monitoring Kotsiras and see him as a potential summer signing capable of competing for the right-back slot. The Ibrox coach Harry Watling is due to fly to Athens today to take in tonight’s game and will submit a detailed report on Kotsiras when he returns to Glasgow.

A view of Panathinaikos' Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium A view of Panathinaikos' Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium
A view of Panathinaikos' Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium

Kotsiras is contracted to Panathinaikos until summer 2024 but Rangers will spend money where necessary to strengthen their squad this summer. A number of new recruits are earmarked to arrive, whilst some established faces will depart. Winger Ryan Kent and striker Alfredo Morelos are likely to be among them.

Kotsiras holds two senior caps for his country and has established a reputation in Greece as an attacking full-back who also has the ability to play in midfield. Watling’s scouting mission is designed to ascertain whether the player could fit into manager Michael Beale’s Rangers side next season.

Beale is eager to add greater strength in depth to the first-team squad and provide more competition for places as he strives to mount a challenge to Celtic. He has already met with a number of other prospective signing targets.

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Meanwhile, Rangers have announced that new chief executive officer (CEO) James Bisgrove will host a quarterly fan forum event in Edimiston House on Wednesday, June 21 (5.30pm-7.00pm). He will be joined by other club officials to provide updates on various aspects of the club and will take questions from fans on a range of issues.

The event is open to season ticket holders, MyGers members, who will be emailed a registration link and there will also be a direct communication to all supporters’ clubs. The Edmiston House bar will be open, with hot snacks also available.

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