Clement’s Rangers puzzle nears completion as Oscar Cortes arrives

Clement’s Rangers puzzle nears completion as Oscar Cortes arrives
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 16: rangers manager Philippe Clement is seen during the friendly match match between Rangers and FC Copenhagen at Ibrox Stadium on January 16, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So the Rangers picture is a little rosier tonight. While the Ibrox side could probably use one more winger, the arrival of Oscar Cortes hugely helps in that regard and offers Philippe Clement a quality new option on either flank.

He joins Ross McCausland and Rabbi Matondo as the options the Belgian boss has, with Tom Lawrence as a possibility and likewise Scott Wright.

It’s not exactly teeming with an embarrassment of riches, but Cortes’ arrival aids a lot and we’d expect him to pretty much be an immediate starter given the dearth of decent options there.

But it still does leave striker.

The Rangers Puzzle now is a lot better than it was, the picture more rounded than it was before Cortes’ announcement.

We’re happy with goals, defence, midfield and now fairly ok with wings, and to an extent attacking midfield. We wonder if Diomande is being earmarked for the 10 slot.

But the striker slot is an issue. It really is.

To go the rest of the season with just Cyriel Dessers and Fabio Silva really is a bit weak.

There’s no reliable goalscorer there, and despite the Nigerian hitting some form lately, he’s not a 25+ a season man.

Fabio Silva is an unknown quantity at this point, and generally-speaking doesn’t seem to be much of a goalscorer, but it’s hard to judge him after only a few appearances.

But it’s still just only two options and neither of them is a proper 9 or 11.

We had hoped Silva might be a bit of an 11 but he just isn’t on early viewing, while Dessers doesn’t score enough to be a 9.

So we have two ‘forwards’ up front who do a bit of a job, we hope, but we lack a clinical goalscorer or a target man.

Is that coming before 11:30?

We temper our hopes for it.

We have now two hours for Rangers to pull a rabbit out of the hat and announce a striker, a good one, and not some youth player from Charlton on loan.

Fail that and it’s not a total busted flush, but it’s maybe falling a bit short.

We’ll not judge till the final incomings and outgoings are confirmed.

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