Lawrence Shankland to Rangers is a must this summer

Lawrence Shankland to Rangers is a must this summer
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 27: Lawrence Shankland of Heart of Midlothian celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Europa Conference League group A match between Heart of Midlothian and Rīgas Futbola skola at Tynecastle Park on October 27, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The ineptitude of Steve Clarke knows no bounds, omitting on-fire Lawrence Shankland in favour of former Celtic man Ryan Christie and others in order to simply carry out management which defies reason.

But the Ibrox angle here is do Rangers replace the inevitably-departing Alfredo Morelos with the most talented Scottish striker we’ve seen in the game for years and sign up Lawrence Shankland in the next window?

There were doubts about whether Shankland could handle the Scottish Premiership after thriving in the Championship, and while it was a slow start, he’s proven he’s about the best goalscorer this country has produced for a very, very long time.

And with Morelos on his way out, Shankland could be a fantastic addition to Rangers’ roster, and he wouldn’t cost the earth – we imagine Hearts would seek around £5M for him, but Rangers could work on a deal to make it manageable.

Of course, there is a slight issue with the Hearts man – he is very, very similar to Antonio Colak, in that he’s not strictly known for his hold-up play, his dragging defenders around etc – he’s not a big strong target man.

He mostly plays off Ginnelly or others at Hearts, requiring a partner, support, and a foil, and we’re not sure that’s especially different to Colak, albeit the Croat is more than capable of playing the lone striker role as it stands.

But we could do a tonne worse than Shankland – he’s one of us already, would love to be a Rangers player permanently, and he’s good enough. His stats this season are remarkable:

17 goals, 4 assists, fractionally better than Kyoto and better than anyone else in the league. Pound for pound the best Scottish forward in the country by a mile if we look at his overall numbers and contribution, and he’d be an asset for sure at Ibrox. He would be excellent for depth and having three good strikers up front, assuming one more is added this summer as well.

But still, not good enough for Scotland…

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