With Rangers having failed to close the gap on Celtic for another season there must be plans in place to improve on the senior squad at Ibrox – and poaching Leeds United for their reported target would be a brilliant start.

The Light Blues have endured a difficult season in terms of how consistently their attackers have performed, with the likes of Daniel Candeias, Jason Cummings and Josh Windass all hitting highs and suffering lows along the way.

Goals might not have been a massive problem, with the Gers only outscored by Celtic in the Scottish Premiership with 69 goals to the Hoops’ 70, but having options who are proven talents up front certainly would not harm their chances of catching Brendan Rodgers and his men.

Step forward Gavin Whyte.

The 22-year-old winger has been in blistering form for Belfast-based club Crusaders, with 22 goals and eight assists to help them to their third Irish Premiership title in four years this season, and Sky Sports have reported that Leeds have opened talks to bring him across from the Emerald Isle.

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The five-cap Northern Ireland under-21 international is said to be attracting the attention of numerous clubs from across England and Scotland – but for Rangers to close the gap at the top of the table, it must be Ibrox where he ends up, poaching him from under the nose of the Whites.

He might be an unproven talent but his record speaks for itself, and having a winger who is also capable of being a goal machine would be a huge asset to whoever takes over as manager next season.

In other Rangers news, the club’s senior squad has been slammed by a Sky Sports pundit.

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