By Harvey Byrne
Rangers are moving closer to a deal with English Championship side Ipswich for striker Joe Garner, according to a report.
The Daily Mail has claimed on it’s website that the two clubs are progressing on a deal for the 29-year-old, who moved to Glasgow just last summer.
The powerful forward was previous manager Mark Warburton’s biggest signing last year, joining from Championship side Preston for a massive £1.5million.
However, he struggled to adapt to life in Scotland with just 10 goals and three assists from 37 outings in all competitions.
March appointment Pedro Caixinha is also looking to overhaul his squad this summer and Garner started just five of the 10 league games under the Portuguese boss at the back end of the last campaign, scoring three times.
He has enjoyed more success in England, but his goal record at Championship level also reads quite poorly with just 22 strikes from 133 appearances in total.
However, manager Mick McCarthy, who is known for deploying long-ball tactics may see the experienced forward as the perfect target-man for his side which finished in 16th place in England’s second tier last season.
Football Insider verdict:
Garner is clearly not up to playing at Rangers’ level and with all the in comings this summer there simply must be a few outgoings to balance up the books. The striker is certainly one of many expendable players from Warburton’s time in charge too. Garner gained cult status among Gers fans initially for his physical play. However, it soon became apparent that he offered very little to the team as a whole and the Ibrox giants must now cut their losses with the forward before his value plummets further.
In other Rangers transfer news, Gers fans have reacted on Twitter to this forward deal.