Remarkable 29 in 26 international striker is within Rangers’ budget

Remarkable 29 in 26 international striker is within Rangers’ budget
Duhail's forward Michael Olunga (2nd-R) celebrates his goal with teammates during the Qatar Amir Cup Final between Al-Duhail and Al-Gharafa at the Khalifa International stadium in the capital Doha on March 18, 2022. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

On top of Rangers’ interest in Greece star Tasos Douvakis comes the increasing links with surprise target in Kenya’s Michael Olunga, currently tearing it up in Qatar with AL-Duhail SC.

Now, we’re not talking about a marquee league here, true, but 29 in 26 with 4 assists is a superb return in anyone’s language and the lad, at 29, is clearly peaking and has been a consistent performer at every level he’s ever played in, and that includes the excellent 21 goals in 48 appearances for his country.

Club career-wise it’s 158 goals in 219 and that includes goals in Sweden’s top flight and, yes, LaLiga too.

In short this lad is another proper striker with a market value of £10M and he’s out of contract this summer.

It’s being said that AL-Duhail will offer him a new deal, but he has the power of choice at this stage, having options available to him. And he is well inside Rangers’ price, with an alleged offering by his current side of barely £10,000 a week.

Rangers could comfortably double that for a player of this clear quality, and who does have a CV and experience in much better leagues than the Qatari top flight.

And unlike Douvakis, this guy wouldn’t cost a transfer fee – the advantage of the Greek is he has present and relevant experience in a top European league and is delivering at that level, Olunga was last in a European league in 2018, which is a while ago when he was 24.

But he clearly, absolutely knows the way to goal, and the fact he’s thriving for his country as well as having done ok in European competition as well demonstrates that there’s every chance his staggering Qatari return could replicate in the Scottish Premiership.

So might it come down to a choice between these two?

There are many months to go of the window, this is far from the last of it for Rangers.

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