Rangers monitoring Scotland striker…again

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Scotland and Dundee Utd striker Lawrence Shankland
Shankland in action last year [getty images]

With Jermain Defoe’s injury ongoing, and the former England striker not getting any younger, Rangers are said to be monitoring new Scotland call up Lawrence Shankland again.

The Dundee United striker, long-lined with a move to Rangers, has once again surfaced in talks regarding Ibrox, and while Rangers’ depth up front currently sees exiled striker Alfredo Morelos, attacker Kemar Roofe and frontman Cedric Itten available for selection, the imminent departure of the Colombian along with the latter two still getting up to speed with the Scottish game sees the boyhood Rangers fan being whispered again as a cut-price solution to an admittedly only modest issue.

The plan is for Rangers to have three outright striker selections, and those are currently Roofe and Itten, but Defoe suffered a setback to his injury recovery and cannot currently be considered the third option.

Hence Lawrence Shankland.

We do wonder slightly why the club didn’t just fork out the quoted £1.7M to bring in Lyndon Dykes as well, but spilled milk and all that, and the notion that Shankland won’t cost as much as the now QPR striker.

Either way, Rangers continue to work on solidifying the squad, and as brilliant a start as Steven Gerrard’s men have made, there’s no rest for the wicked and any way the team can be made better will be looked into.

We’ll see if that includes Shankland.