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7th Aug, 2017 | 3:28pm

McManus: This 25-year-old top-flight star could help Rangers move closer to Celtic

By Harvey Byrne

Former Hibernian man Tam McManus believes Motherwell star striker Louis Moult could help Rangers move closer to fierce rivals Celtic.

The Gers and the Hoops are currently level on points in the Premiership table with both achieving wins over the opening weekend of the Scottish league season.

However, the Brendan Rodgers’ team have moved straight into the top spot after a dominant 4-1 win against Hearts and are looking to secure their seventh consecutive league title.

Rangers, meanwhile have added nine players to their squad over the summer, but McManus has insisted that they still need a natural scorer like Moult.

“They need someone to stay in the box and play within the width of the 18 yard box,” wrote McManus in his column for the Scottish Herald.

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“In Louis Moult, who incidentally might have earned his move with that stupid elbow on Cardoso – which, I should add, was superbly spotted by referee Bobby Madden – there could be the perfect solution.

“In two seasons, he has netted 36 for a Motherwell team who have toiled badly. How many would he get playing in front of clever players like Dorrans and Miller? He looks a no-brainer to me for Rangers, if the price is right. That may just be the difference in getting closer to Celtic and, first things first, getting in front of a very consistent Aberdeen.”

Moult, 25, started the match for Motherwell against Rangers on Sunday afternoon, but was brought off after 73 minutes as his side fell to a 2-1 defeat at home against the Gers.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the striker, but last season he showed his scoring prowess with a fine 18 strikes from 34 matches in all competitions.

Rangers, meanwhile, have allowed forward Martyn Waghorn to leave the club on Monday for English Championship side Ipswich, but they have also added Eduaro Herrera and Alfredo Morelos to their striker ranks this summer.

In other Rangers news, Josh Windass has aimed at humorous Twitter dig at Martyn Waghorn after his Gers exit.

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