Why Rangers must sign this 20-year-old PL hitman to ease goalscoring woes
COMMENT By Matt Farr
It says a lot about Rangers’ current crop of attacking talent that veteran Kenny Miller is the club’s top goalscorer this season.
The 37-year-old has scored 13 goals from 44 appearances in all competitions this term, but Rangers simply have to stop relying on him for their goals.
But if Pedro Caixinha is going to consider any goalscoring option to add to his Rangers ranks this summer, he should look no further than Kelechi Iheanacho.
The Manchester City youngster, 20, has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad this season, and could be made available for transfer this summer as a result.
Iheanacho has made just five Premier League starts under Pep Guardiola, despite making a big impression during his breakthrough campaign at the club last term.
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His lack of regular opportunities, in particular following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January, could see the youngster exiled by Guardiola this summer, and he could be of great use to Rangers.
The Scottish club can take a page out of the book of their Old Firm rivals Celtic this summer, who have reaped the rewards of their successful acquisition of highly-rated goalscorer Moussa Dembele a year ago.
Dembele,20, scored 32 goals for the club in all competitions this term, and Iheanacho could have a similar impact if given similar support and the offering of regular opportunities at Ibrox.
The Nigeria international has more than enough quality to hold down a regular first-team role in Scotland, and his versatility in various attacking roles could suit Caixinha, who is still experimenting to find Rangers’ best system.
Improvements can be made in his contributions in the final third in terms of assists, but there is no doubting his goalscoring pedigree, and that will be the biggest attraction for Rangers.
He netted 14 goals from 35 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City last season.
Caixinha should certainly pursue a move for Iheanacho this summer, as his role in England grows increasingly uncertain.
A loan move remains the most likely possibility, but there is no ruling out a permanent move should Guardiola choose to discard him for good.
In other Rangers transfer news, fans on Twitter have delivered their verdicts as the club reportedly reach a decision over the future of Clint Hill.