Swansea striker Oli McBurnie has never hid his support of Rangers and desire to play for the Light Blues – but the Ibrox giants need to make a firm decision on signing the Scotland international before he becomes one of the players the Gers are linked with every single transfer window.
McBurnie has repeatedly said he would love to join the Gers and was quoted after Scotland’s defeat to Mexico by the Daily Record reiterating his desire to sign for his boyhood heroes.
Fans of a certain age will remember Fowler was almost constantly linked with a move to Ibrox for years – the closest he ever came was playing for the Gers in a testimonial – before Smith replaced him and became the target that was Ibrox-bound every transfer window almost like clockwork.
He was claimed to have been spotted so many times in a Glasgow DIY store that some fans thought it was just an Alan Smith lookalike who worked there.
McBurnie is almost certain to join them if the Gers don’t take a firm stance on what they want to do with the striker and if a move to lure him from Swansea is a viable prospect.
The big difference between McBurnie and the likes of Fowler and Smith is that the two retired strikers were at the top of their game and were proven quantities at the peak of the speculation while McBurnie is yet to really make a name for himself in the game as he just starts to breakthrough at first-team level.
Whether McBurnie ends up playing for Rangers – now or later in his career – remains to be seen but if it isn’t to be in the near future then the Gers need to stop the same rumour being regurgitated every six months when the transfer window opens.