Why Rangers must sign this Newcastle attacker, contract expires in weeks
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Rangers are likely to make big changes to their squad over the summer with Pedro Caixinha already shifting some of the club’s deadwood.
It’s widely known that the Light Blues must make improvements to their defence but they have also struggled for goals this season and a move for Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran is something that Caixinha should consider.
Rafa Benitez is yet to make a decision on the future of the French attacker, who can play on the left wing or as a striker, as his contract expires within a matter of weeks.
Rangers are likely not to be spending much money in the transfer window so a move for an experienced player on a free transfer is a must if they want to close down the gap to Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Mike Ashley could be the key link in any possible move as the Magpies owner also has shares at Rangers and the Championship title winners have sent players on loan to Ibrox in the not too distant past.
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Haris Vuckic, Remie Streete and Gael Bigrimana have all been sent on temporary deals as the Gers fought their way back up the Scottish football ladder.
It would certainly make a move for Gouffran easier as the 30-year-old might be advised on where his career should take him.
The Frenchman is clearly not up to the standard of what Benitez wants in the Premier League having made just a smattering of appearances in England’s top-flight in the 2015/16 campaign.
He has since become a big part of the Toon squad that got promoted though, scoring seven goals and supplying five assists in 45 appearances across all competitions.
The Daily Mail have recently reported that ex-Gers boss Mark Warburton is lining up a move to Nottingham Forest for winger Barrie McKay which means that there could be an opening for a new winger at Ibrox.
Rangers need to make vast improvements to their squad in the summer and signing Gouffran would be a great start for Caixinha to make.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has delivered an update on the future of this senior trio.