Rangers should make free agent move for former £20M striker

Rangers should make free agent move for former £20M striker
Nice's Algerian forward Andy Delort celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the French L1 football match between AJ Auxerre and OGC Nice at the Abbe Deschamps Stadium in Auxerre, central France on October 16, 2022. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

With Rangers definitely lacking a striker of gravity up front, and the board and Director of Football Recruitment Nils Koppen failing manager Philippe Clement rather much in January on that front, there remains a possibility of bringing one in as a free agent.

With football free agency, once a free agent, any club can sign you up at any time, regardless of transfer windows, and enhance their chances.

And we have to say, Rangers could do a lot worse than former French-born Algeria international Andy Delort, who at 32, still has a few years ahead of him and has just left Qatar with an admittedly outstanding record there.

This is a guy who can score.

Last season in France with Nice it was 6 in 14 league appearances, the season prior it was 20 goals and 5 assists in 40.

He can assist and he can score, at, clearly, some of the highest levels. 85 goals and 32 assists in 259 Ligue 1 appearances gives some idea of his credibility, and he is experienced all over the world with spells in South America and England as well as that 9 goal contributions in 12 for Umm Salal FC this season.

In short, he’d be a heck of a decent bet to take on as a free agent till the end of the season.

Wages? He was on £45K in Qatar but at his age he won’t expect that any more, and he wouldn’t be expecting a top five league either, despite shining in France for so long.

At just under 6ft he can also play the target man, with a reputation of incredibly clever movement and exploiting the movement of others around him to find space – he could be a very shrewd addition…

Market value? About 4 years ago he was valued in the circa £20M range, but only actually went for about £10M and that was Montpellier to Nice.

He’s now free.

Worth a punt?

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