Monday, 17 December 2018

Two superb strikers; do Rangers have a stunning January choice?


With Rangers’ striker troubles well documented, Ibrox Noise suggested giving our own Ryan Hardie a chance come next month, but two names have been also been mentioned as potential new recruits, one of whom has been linked since Steven Gerrard became touted for the manager’s job himself.

We begin with Ayr United’s Lawrence Shankland, and the 23-year old hitman’s electric form which is more than attracting admirers including those of a Rangers persuasion. The self-confessed Rangers fan has scored an incredible number of goals in his 23 appearances for the season, with a staggering 27 netted for the striker who can easily be described as the best goal machine in the country outwith the very top SPL clubs.

Furthermore with six assists to his credit too, the former St Mirren man can lay them up for others as well as finding the net with comical ease himself, so not only can he score, he can provide as well.

Valued six months ago at a quarter of a million by Ian McCall’s men, his season form would have easily quadrupled that sum, but his deal expires next May and if Rangers were to make a move for him, he would surely be a modest cost as a result.

On the other side is the perennially-linked Dominic Solanke, who has been hyped with a move to Ibrox for what feels like forever. This one would be harder given the hitman is being tracked by Palace and West Ham, and if either can guarantee him first team football they’re likely to be his preference.

But then, what Liverpool kid doesn’t want to learn under Steven Gerrard playing for a club of similar grandeur and stature to the Anfield outfit?

Who would you pick?



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14 comments:

  1. Shankland is scoring goals in a lesser league and we made this mistake before when signing Sandy Clarke's son Nicky.
    Solanke is an unknown commodity and still a kid.
    For me, we have more than enough young players already and would Much prefer say, the Dutch lad being linked with us.

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  2. I would prefer to take Shanland on a pre-contract but leave him at Ayr for the rest of the season.
    IF, we can take Solanke on loan for 6 months. We can't afford to buy him but he needs games and we need goals, so a match made in heaven
    Short term Solanke, Long term Shankland

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  3. Don't think we'll get Solanke he's bound for the English premier league not our shitty league,Shankland is a tough one,i think we have our own young strikers Andy Dallas or Dapo Mebude also hearing big Nikola is really homesick and wants to go back to Croatia,more like the lads pissed off playing second and third fiddle to the likes of that fucking donkey worral and McCauley,need to get the best two defenders playing every week and thats Goldson on the right and Katic on the left,no more choppin and changing every fucking game,don't think we've played the same team twice this season...No Surrender...

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  4. Solanke will not come to Rangers he will stay in the premier league as a backup striker with one of the lesser clubs

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  5. If we are looking at Shankland because of the number of goals he has scored the number logically we should be looking at Stephen Dobbie who has scored more for a lesser team but of course we aren't. Be careful what you wish for. Remember Nicky Clark.

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    1. Rob,

      You make a fair point but we are not looking at Shankland taking Alfie's jersey. He would be fighting for the number 2 slot with Lafferty and Hardie next season. Dobbie is too old. Shanks is 23 so plenty of time, but old enough to support a group of good young kids like Dallas and Rudden.
      It's also a low cost option so the downside is very small

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  6. I can't believe Livingston's got a quality, 'hungry player' like Dolly Menga, current value 185k or thereabouts. A great, creative player and exactly the type of player, we need. Livi destroyed St J, at the weekend, with Hardie and Menga, putting on a great, hungry display. Yet Rangers, get lumbered with either injury-prone 'soft lads' or underforming, mediocre prospects, at best. Goes to show you can buy 'good players' at affordable prices, if you look hard enough. I'm starting to think Mark Allen, has no decent scouts, if JJ & Davis, are all, they can come up with.

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    1. What ? There isn`t one player in the Rangers side that wouldn`t walk into the Livvy side .Their best player is Kelly and we even have a better keeper than him. Menga has scored 2 goals all season and Hardie has done well since he returned from injury but lets see how he does over a longer period, the good news being he is ours if we want him .Until thrashing Hearts they have been pretty low scorer so wouldn`t want to be buying any of their strikers .

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    2. Dolly the Sheep would score more goals. Hardie has more and has only been back for a week!

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    3. Not only has Menga scored 2 goals this season but they were his first league goals since 2015. So not exactly the type of player we need. Quite the opposite in fact.

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  7. Shankland would be a gamble as he has only done it a lower level , so sign a pre contract, leave him with Ayr to the summer. Solanke, if he will come ,is inexperienced but has a good pedigree and could play with Alfie or instead of him .I think he would score a few up here .He gets my vote .

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  8. Shankland could be a hidden gem he already declared himself as a Ranger . We could take him at a modest fee then see how it goes from the bench for a few games if it doesn't work out then loan him out or move him on for a small fee . I like Hardie but he is lightweight and perhaps has found his level .

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