COMMENT By Will Butcher

Rangers must beat Hibernian to the signing of former Celtic striker Anthony Stokes this summer in order to push the Gers closer to Brendan Rodgers’ high flyers.

League One side Blackburn confirmed on their official website that the 28-year-old forward had been released from the Lancashire club, as he looks for a new home.

The Sun claim newly-promoted Hibernian want Stokes to fire them to Scottish Premiership safety after gaining promotion to the top flight of Scottish football as champions.

Stokes has played for Hibernian in two spells, joining the club from Sunderland back in 2009 for a season before being sent on loan from Celtic during the second half of the 2015-16 season.

However, Football Insider believes Rangers would push themselves to within a whisker of their Old Firm rivals if they completed a shock move to sign Stokes despite being an ex-Bhoy.

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Here are three reasons why, including how Stokes would prove a massive improvement on two of the Gers’ current strikers: