COMMENT By Will Butcher
Rangers should risk angering fans by bringing ex-Celtic striker Teemu Pukki to Ibrox after a sensational season in front of goal for Danish giants Brondby.
The 27-year-old forward has struck 25 goals in just 37 league and cup encounters, as well as laying on another 10 goals as his side sit second in the Danish Superliga behind Copenhagen.
With manager Pedro Caixinha likely to be active in the transfer market this summer, here are three reasons why the 54-time Finland international would prove a top signing.
Kenny Miller has top scored in the league for Rangers with just nine strikes this season, while Martyn Waghorn has only found the net six times in Scotland’s top flight. £1.5million signing Joe Garner has five goals and that must convince Caixinha to enter the transfer market for a striker who knows how to find the back of the net. His need for a new forward should be heightened by the fact that Miller’s contract is set to expire in just over a month, with Pukki proving his eye for goal in Denmark’s top flight.
Potential cut-price deal
Pukki has a contract with the Danish giants until the summer of 2018, and could be allowed to leave in a bargain deal as Brondby will want to avoid losing their star striker on a free transfer. That will suit Rangers, with only two of their 14 signings throughout 2016-17 season actually requiring a transfer fee – Garner and substitute goalkeeper Jak Alnwick. If the Gers can snap up ex-Bhoy Pukki for a bargain price it could prove to be a top piece of business by Caixinha.
Prove Celtic wrong
Pukki was hardly given a run out during his time on Parkhead, making just 37 appearances in two years for the Scottish champions. Scoring nine goals despite only starting 18 of those outings, Pukki was offloaded on loan to Brondby for the 2014-15 season and has since moved there permanently. The former Schalke ace could now return with the bit between his teeth to prove Celtic that they were wrong in letting him go, by starring in the blue of their Old Firm rivals Rangers.
In other Rangers transfer news, Celtic and the Gers are set to do battle in the pursuit of this Scottish Championship defender according to a report.