With Jason Cummings gone back to the City Ground in Nottingham, Joe Dodoo on the verge of clinching a loan to League one outfit Blackpool, Eduardo Herrera trying to seal a move to Chivas and Ryan Hardie’s deal expiring, Rangers’ only apparent recognised senior striker on the books is similarly potentially-departing Alfredo Morelos.
To call the options up front threadbare is something of an understatement and thankfully Mark Allen and Steven Gerrard are working their backsides off to recruit new talent.
The most linked players recently have been Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe, Swansea’s Oliver McBurnie and Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke.
McBurnie had looked close with sources claiming Rangers had submitted a £5M bid for the Scotland international, and the player himself seemingly interested in the move, but it has gone a little quiet recently and hopes are that work is being done behind the scenes to complete this deal.
Meanwhile Solanke has been simmering around ever since Gerrard became manager – the promising young striker has had a loan in Holland with Vitesse and did rather well with it too, bagging seven goals, but back at Anfield he finds his chances limited with Firmino, Mane and Salah ahead of him
It’s unclear if Rangers are interested in a loan or permanent deal for the England international but he would be a useful addition either way.
Lastly (for now) we have Defoe – getting on in years, the former England international has had an illustrious career and while he is not the player he was, he should be capable enough in the SPL. He’s been on the radar for some weeks now but we just aren’t clear on how serious our interest is.
Rangers need defenders and strikers. Midfielders, wingers and attacking midfielders we are pretty stocked up with, and strikers especially need to start arriving in good time before next month’s UEL first-round tie.
Hopefully some names get sealed soon.