Shankland to Rangers? Ibrox trading model may allow older players

Shankland to Rangers? Ibrox trading model may allow older players
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Lawrence Shankland of Hearts is seen warming up during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Heart of Midlothian at Ibrox Stadium on February 24, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After Philippe Clement recently confirmed his belief that John Lundstram would be signing a new deal, it’s become apparent the new trade model may be more flexible than previously thought.

While Rangers’ boss suggested his vision was to sign guys like Cortes and Diomande, at young ages, build them up and sell as expensive assets, his admission over Lundstram confirms older players are not off the table.

Rangers actually have a very balanced age in the squad, with 12 players over 27 and the rest that or younger.

Of a squad of around 34 that’s actually solid, and with Jon McLaughlin the oldest and being freed this summer (we’d assume) not to mention Borna Barisic moving on and the chances of Roofe and Jack getting new deals being low, the average age will keep coming down.

But it opens the door for Lawrence Shankland (28) or Bojan Miovski (24).

Despite Ibrox Noise explaining that Cyriel Dessers is actually more efficient than Shankland and comparable with the Macedonian, it hasn’t stopped fans wanting a new striker up front with the Hearts and Aberdeen players being high on shopping lists.

And while that trade model is very much in place, clearly any older players are not off the table if they can add quality.

The question really is value.

Rangers have been reluctant to sort John Lundstram’s deal out due to his age, to pay him what he wants – and he’s the wrong side of 30 now.

So will they spend £6M or whatever the SPL sides want for their star strikers?

Well, there’s no resale value here especially in Shanks’ case, so just like with Lunny, the club would have to decide if it’s worth the one-way expenditure. There is resale in Miovski’s case for sure, if he shines for the club. He’s only 24.

Of course, it arguably is worth the outlay, given what these strikers (Shankland especially) could earn Rangers, what cups and European achievement they could give.

But ultimately it comes down to a balancing act.

Older players will still be signed, but only if the cost is right and the profit, of any form, makes sense.

The model is going in the right way.

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