While there’s no getting round that Galatasaray are not the European heavyweight they once were, Radamel Falcao will nevertheless present the biggest challenge we’ve seen at Ibrox in years and the best striker to grace our Hallowed Turf in a considerable time, albeit as far as general forwards go former Bayer attacking mid Kai Havertz was pretty handy too.
But as far as pure number 9s go? Falcao is probably the best we’ve faced in a very, very long time and Filip Helander and Connor Goldson are going to have to be on their maximum concentration to hold this man at bay.
His career stats are beyond frightening:
Since moving to Europe, with the notable exception of the ill-fitting Man Utd & Chelsea spells, Falcao managed:
83 in 140 for Monaco
70 in 91 for Atletico
72 in 87 for Porto
14 in 25 for Galatasaray
34 in 89 for Colombia
In short, the lad knows where the goal is, and despite being 34, he’s still performing at the best levels in a top league like the Turkish Premier is.
We know we get accused of banding the phrase ‘world class’ around too much, but Falcao truly is deserving of it.
If not for that diabolical ACL injury he suffered shortly after his (weird) move to Monaco from Atletico, his stats would be even more ridiculous, but it’s true that he wasn’t quite the same player after that recovery.
And in light of that, his numbers remain frightening – one can only imagine what those numbers would be had he remained fairly injury-free.
Either way, Helander and Goldson will require to be strong – he’s maybe not as quick as he was, but few strikers in the world have a better understanding of pure goalscoring than Radamel Falcao and that will give Rangers’ defence the ultimate test.