Nowadays, Rangers have a fully-functioning, modern scouting system with tabs on players all over the world.
Those who ‘fit the model’ are then watched further before action is taken and business gets underway.
One such player who should be on Rangers radar is Magnus Mattsson of Silkeborg, in the Danish second tier.
The Denmark U21 cap is having a fine season, with 10 goals and 3 assists from 18 appearances.
Having signed a new contract in December, 22-year old Mattsson is tied to Silkeborg until Summer 2023.
The player came to the attention of VitalRangers via Edinburgh-based journalist Patrick Caskie, who keeps a keen eye on player data and analysis.
Rangers could do worse than looking at Magnus Mattsson for wing depth
The 22-year-old plays for @SilkeborgIF in the NordicBet Liga and has been on fire this season
💲Transfermarkt Value: £450k
🎼Produces beats for rappers in his spare time pic.twitter.com/Sr6JKqhTyU
— Patrick Caskie (@CaskiePatrick) March 30, 2021
Speaking to Caskie, he commented on the player:
“I was scrolling through WyScout looking at wingers in overlooked situations.”
“With Mattsson, I’ve been aware of him for a few years and his team was relegated last season. With Silkeborg in the second tier of Danish football this season, I wanted to check on him and see how he was getting on playing in a competition that he should dominate, and he has.”
“He is exciting, dynamic and can fill in at multiple positions. If Silkeborg fail to make it out of the NordicBet Liga, Mattsson could force a move out to play at the next level, and I think Rangers could be a smart move for both parties”.
As mentioned above, Mattsson has been deployed as a winger but also as an attacking midfielder and a striker – that adaptability would be key for Steven Gerrard and the Rangers coaching team to really get the best from solid potential like the Dane.
With forward players such as Brandon Barker and Jordan Jones currently on loan and effectively surplus to requirements, squad reinforcements are likely and Mattsson fits that mould.
A Transfermarkt valuation of €450k puts him firmly within Rangers budget at an age where development and a significant sell-on fee is the aim.
Some may look at his current level with doubt, but talent like this will end up in Copenhagen or Midtjylland, maybe even Amsterdam or Eindhoven and by then Rangers will have missed the boat when it comes to the next move as his stock will have risen beyond the realms of the Ibrox budget.
Not every move will be a success, but snaring unpolished diamonds in leagues like Denmark’s second tier could be a very rewarding venture.
Magnus Mattsson is a player to monitor.