If Rangers are requiring a little inexpensive squad depth up front, they could do an awful lot worse than ex-Finland international Eero Pekka Sakari Markkanen, a 31-year-old former Real Madrid striker (he never appeared for the first team).
This giant hitman, who weighs in at a colossal 6ft 6, is about as tough as boots as they come and capable of causing any defence trouble given his height and frame, and while we’d not advocate him as the first choice, he’s certainly ideal for the last half an hour of a tough match where defenders are tiring.
Born in Jyväskylä, Finland, he hails from a sporting dynasty of a family with both his brother, Lauri, and his father Pekka famous basketball players, with Lauri a big NBA hitter these days.
While his own career has never quite hit those illustrious heights, nevertheless his own 89 goals in 268 matches is not horrible, and matches the one in three that imminent capture Cyriel Dessers has nabbed.
Most of his career has been in Scandinavia, and he’s done quite well there in truth, and he could be of great use at Ibrox where having a big and tough centre-forward would be a very useful option, say, away at Killie!
Rangers have lacked players to bully defenders for some time, Markkanen would absolutely be able to.
He’s never going to be Messi or Ronaldo, but Rangers are short for gritty players, and certainly short on strikers – even with Dessers’ arrival, that only leaves Antonio Colak up top, with Sam Lammers likely to play deeper.
So Markkanen would fulfil a role we don’t actually have at the moment, and he can score as well as rough things up a bit.
He would be very inexpensive, only a few hundred thousand, but could be a very useful guy to have on the bench or starting now and then.
Could be worth thinking about.