All summer long Rangers were linked with a move for (ex) Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May. Indeed, at one point there was heavy speculation a £1M bid had been placed for him by Rangers’ board, apparently determined to nab themselves a reliable 20+ goal a season man. May seemed a significant candidate to fill that void, and when asked about him Warburton avoided the question entirely, suggesting he was indeed interested. However, as we now know May ended up at Preston and Rangers failed to secure an established goal-getter.
Indeed, Warburton only managed to sign the one striker – Wigan’s Martyn Waghorn, and great though the former £3M Leicester man has been for Rangers, particularly from the spot (he has five penalty goals so far), he clearly lacks polish with the final shot and has failed to even score a goal from open play in the league.
However, the crux of the argument surely now is with 35 goals from all over the pitch, is getting a striker in January even a remote priority?
Right now you would have to say no. Things can of course change dramatically over the course of the season, and the well of goals could significantly dry up over the next few months, but as of now it is evident that with an average of almost four goals a game, having a shiny double figures’ forward is the least of Rangers’ concerns.
The real concern in the squad is defence, and the abject lack of depth. Sources suggest Warburton tried desperately last weekend to get someone at the last minute on loan to Ibrox when he realised he was to lose both McGregor and Zaliukas, but unfortunately nothing transpired of the quality he was looking for, and Rangers only have Dominic Ball and Fraser Aird in the squad as defensive cover.
But up front: definitely not an issue for now, and as long as the goals continue to flow it will remain the case.