Rangers must blow Celtic out of the water to land PL striker and build team around him
COMMENT by Russell Edge
Rangers need to hijack Celtic’s reported move for Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke if they are to have any hopes of getting anywhere near competing with their Old Firm rivals.
The Daily Record claims that the Hoops are closing in on a cut-price deal for the 19-year-old but it should be blue, not green and white, that Solanke is kitted out in next season.
A free agent at the end of the season, the report claims that Scottish clubs are able to snatch up the England youth international for just £400,000, in comparison to the £8m English clubs would have to dish out for a development fee.
With this in mind, Rangers need to go above and beyond to secure the striker over their local rivals and make him the focal point of the entire team.
At present Rangers have a number of attacking options, including 37-year-old Kenny Miller, but none of them have managed to convince this season.
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Fans just have to look at their latest fixture against Partick Thistle, when the Gers looked bereft of attacking quality, with Martyn Waghorn receiving a 3/10 from Football Insider in their player ratings.
Pedro Caixinha knows that his transfer budget is going to be limited this summer in comparison to Celtic’s, which is why they need to capitalise when budget deals like Solanke come along.
The Portuguese manager is looking to overhaul the playing staff this summer, after he inherited a squad built by former boss Mark Warburton.
Solanke should be the very first signing he makes, with the young striker being the perfect starting point to build the foundations of the team around.
Furthermore, the Chelsea man is guaranteed game time at Ibrox, with a lack of first team action the whole reason he looks set to depart Stamford Bridge in the first place.
In comparison, he would have to fight with fellow 19-year-old Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths up front for the Hoops, with both men in great form for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season.
While Champions League football is on the table at Celtic Park, Caixinha should be able to convince Solanke that as a certain starter, plus as a key piece of Ranger’s future, Ibrox is the place to be.
In other Rangers transfer news, Mark Hateley has outlined how much spending Caixinha must do to clear up Mark Warburton’s mess.