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Bedoya completes move to Rangers

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Alejandro Bedoya won't have to wait until next winter to finalize his move to Scottish champions Glasgow Rangers after all.

The U.S. national team midfielder will be joining Rangers immediately after the club reached an agreement with Swedish club Orebro on a transfer for Bedoya. Rangers and Bedoya had already agreed on a pre-contract that would have had Bedoya join Rangers in January, a move that surely put more pressure on Orebro to deal Bedoya sooner to secure something for his services.

Rangers announced the deal on Wednesday, which means Bedoya will now join U.S. teammate Maurice Edu on the Rangers roster, though there have been rumors that Edu could be on the move as well.

What do you think of this development? Glad to see Bedoya join a club like Rangers, or were you hoping he moved to a different league?

Share your thoughts below.

  • TrentHill

    Celtic and Rangers are good teams for Americans to land at. Not only because it’s an opportunity to have increased exposure (on TV all the time, worldwide fan-bases), but because you always compete in Europe (either CL or EL, every year), and it is a league with a sense of urgency and competitiveness. If you play for Rangers or Celtic, you are expected to WIN. And in Old Firm games, you learn exactly what pressure looks like.

    And BTW: I can agree that the Mexican league, as a whole, is probably better than the SPL. But the top 2-4 teams in SPL are better than than the top 2-4 in Mexico.


  • TrentHill

    “While I don’t think this was the best move for Bedoya, since the SPL is crap outside of Glasgow”

    Outside of Glasgow, the SPL is still stronger than the Swedish league.

    But I agree, the injury fears are overblown.


  • TrentHill

    Rangers WAS in the Champion’s League–they just dropped out early thanks to a loss to Odense.

    Rangers and Celtic are very good. Having the ability to play in the SPL for one of those teams means you are also expected to compete in Europe and their line-ups are star studded–full of internationals. Celtic or Rangers doesn’t really play anyone who isn’t a full international. Yes, some of your development is about who you play against, but some of it is who you play with, too.


  • hogatroge

    I think Herculez definitely needs a call up, but if Bedoya can perform (and survive) in the SPL, he’ll get more attention from higher tier European leagues.


  • hogatroge

    The fact is, ignoring the overblown injury fear hype, he has basically a 50% chance of playing UCL soccer and 100% chance of playing Europa League ball this coming year.


  • Stephen

    Let’s hope so. That will vastly improve his technical ability which is somewhat lost in Scotland.


  • DMB

    I think what Alex meant to say was the Old Firm is not overrated because no one rates them very highly anymore; at least no one in Europe.

    Since ONeill left Celtic have been toothless and Rangers might have a hard time in the Championship. Those two are still “big” clubs in terms of their support and tradition but they aren’t good clubs in terms of their ability on the field.

    Bedoya, at least , potentially has more exposure if he does well.


  • GW

    ” really think this is a bad move for him. Too much risk of getting hurt. He would have been better off waiting in Sweden for a team from another league.”

    Then again Bedoya is 24, old by European standards. He is good but we aren’t talking C Ronaldo here. What proof do you have than anyone else is ever going to come calling?

    More to the point he is one bad tackle away from never playing again. When the big money comes youhave to think hard about it.

    And you don’t have to be in Scotland to get hurt, ask Holden, Zakuani, Brian Mullan, etc.

    How many more hcanes


  • Advocaat

    Rangers were a killer team when Claudio was there.

    The current edition isn’t good enough to clean that team’s laundry.

    It’s unclear to me that DMB’s game was ever suited to the Rangers squad he played for.


  • RangerSG

    I don’t disagree that DMB’s game was miscast there. He was always better suited for the Dutch game, and PSV was a good club to play for at the time.


  • Josh

    espn is reporting it, too. I have no clue why Boca would want to leave a reasonably competitive league for the weekly hackfest that is the SPL.


  • Dimidri

    One thing that probably isn’t so great playing for Rangers/Celtic specifically is they play in relatively unrealistic situations(at least as an American nat team player)-their teammates are overwhelmingly better than their opposition, putting them in positions that they wouldn’t have otherwise and playing bad teams that they should beat. Not a knock on the SPL, just a worry about playing for one of the two teams in a two horse league-also-Boca? WTF?


  • soccerhorn

    If Bedoya is 5’10” then I’m headed for the NBA. I have stood next to a few of these guys (winter camp in Carson CA!). Bedoya, Donovan, Adu, none of them are over 5’7″.


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