Mark Allen has set his sights on Croatia international Mirko Maric as Rangers may sell striker duo Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty this summer, according to the Daily Express.
The newspaper claim the Ibrox director of football is keeping close tabs on the NK Osijek striker, 23, who is valued at the £3million mark.
The Express report manager Steven Gerrard wants to sign another forward this summer, as there is a “strong possibility” that Morelos could be sold, while Lafferty has not started a league match since December.
Football Insider verdict:
Rangers fans can be forgiven for feeling sceptical about this pursuit. It’s fair to say the club have had mixed results in the Croatian market following the 2018 captures of Borna Barisic, Nikola Katic and Eros Grezda, who are all former teammates of Maric. Katic has made the best impression of the trio, while left-back Barisic and winger Grezda have been expensive failures. Can the Light Blues afford another one? Not really. Morelos is unlikely to be at Ibrox next season, and the same goes for Lafferty after his conduct behind the scenes left Gerrard distinctly unimpressed. Maric is a two-times Croatia international and his record this season – 16 goals and six assists from 38 matches – is impressive. But the Croatian league is a level below the SPL and signing another player from the division may be a gamble too far. Rangers obviously have strong connections to a player agency in the eastern European country, but it is yet to reap dividends.