How Cyriel Dessers is only one change away from being a great striker for Rangers

How Cyriel Dessers is only one change away from being a great striker for Rangers
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 30: Cyriel Dessers of Rangers celebrates after he scores his team's second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Ibrox Stadium on March 30, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

I know Ibrox Noise has done a few articles about Rangers’ Nigerian striker Cyriel Dessers and why he is actually more efficient than Lawrence Shankland and Bojan Miovski. I like statistics and it is interesting that Dessers is statistically better than both the other strikers.

I think what infuriates fans (including myself) is that Dessers actually has a lot less shots on goal than he really should have. Dessers’ issue is that he always wants that extra touch and playing for Rangers against a low block means he doesn’t get the space he would usually get when he was playing for teams in Italy or the Netherlands.

If you look at the strikers we have had since we have returned to the top flight, Morelos, Defoe or Goalak they were all turn and shoot strikers in the box. Their main objective was to get the shot away with varying levels or success. I’m not advocating to bring them back, certainly wouldn’t have Morelos level of effort back but if the opportunity to get golak back I would say take it (never should have been sold).

I would say that fans want shots on goal and that’s why they haven’t taken to Dessers. If the keeper saves, defenders block or it’s wide, I think fans are a lot more forgiving for that rather than a striker to be taking too many touches and getting dispossessed without even testing the keeper.

You mustn’t take this as me having a go or not liking the guy. I think he tries hard and works for the team. He dispossesses defenders a lot more than most strikers and if he doesn’t he certainly puts them under pressure.

I would say he gave Carter-Vickers a much more testing game than Morelos or Goalak ever did while still not being spectacular. He is always available and given the stick he gets he could have run off like Sam Lammers but has stayed to fight for the team.

He also surprisingly doesn’t score many headers considering how big and strong he is (aside the recent one v Hibs).

If he could get better at shooting first time or one touch then shoot I think fans would come round to him a lot more, and this is ultimately his big weakness.

It’s not the stats, it’s not the lack of goals, it’s the lack of shots and quick-thinking to shoot more rather than all the unneeded touches.

He could be one tweak away from being a really great (and popular) striker for Rangers.

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