FC Ufa boss would like to sign Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson if they can knock Rangers out of the Europa League

29 Aug

Ufa manager Sergei Tomarov would like to raid Rangers in the transfer market if his side can emerge victorious against the Scottish Premiership team in the Europa League.

The Russians will have to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their play-off after Rangers won by that scoreline in the first leg at Ibrox.

Connor Goldson, whose goal separates Rangers and Ufa going into the second leg, is one of the players Tomarov is interested in

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However, Tomarov believes his team are capable of doing that and if they are successful in their endeavours he would like Ufa to sign Rangers trio Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson.

Steven Gerrard’s side bought Borna Barisic from beaten opponents Osijek and are close to agreeing another deal for winger Eros Grezda.

Meanwhile, Ufa signed striker Lovro Bizjak from NK Domzale, who they defeated in their opening qualifier and appear set to agree a deal for Progres Niederkorn midfielder Olivier Thill after edging out the Luxembourg side in the last round.

But Tomarov admitted it might be hard to make the audacious swoop for the Gers players as the European transfer window closes on Friday.

Morelos reportedly attracted the interest of Ligue 1 giants Lyon earlier this summer

He said: “Who do I fancy? Rangers have many fine footballers. I really liked Alfredo Morelos up front, Connor Goldson in the centre of defence and the captain James Tavernier at right-back.

“However, time isn’t on our side. There isn’t too much time to buy players because the transfer deadline is very soon.”

Ufa were only formed in 2011 but have made excellent progress up the Russian lower leagues and made it to the top flight within three years.

And their manager said that their showdown with Rangers is the biggest game in their short history.

Tomarov added: “I can say for a fact this is the most important game in our history because we’ve gone in seven years from the third tier of Russian football to the Premier League.

“Now we’re in the Europa League and within touching distance of the group stage.

“Who knows, maybe next time it will be the Champions League, so we go step by step. Qualification is the most important stage for us at this period in our history.”