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5th Jan, 2017 | 10:54pm

Rangers should offer lifeline to 21-year-old Sporting Lisbon playmaker this January

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Rangers should look to end Ryan Gauld’s Portuguese nightmare by bringing him back to Scotland this month.

The 21-year-old playmaker has endured a dismal stay at Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon since his move from Dundee United in 2014, making just five senior appearances.

According to Portuguese outlet Ojogo, Gauld’s loan to Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal was apparently cut short after Vitoria teammate Edinho revealed he had returned to Sporting.

Although Gauld’s return to Sporting is unconfirmed, Warburton could look to sign the young playmaker in an attempt to boost the Gers campaign as his potential begins to evaporate.

Mark Warburton is looking to add an attacking midfielder to his ranks as his side have lacked creativity this season, with the Scottish Sun claiming Jan Toral is nearing a move to Ibrox.

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Old Firm rivals Celtic have scored almost double the amount Warburton’s side have conjured, with their 54 goals eclipsing Rangers 28 domestic strikes.

Currently sitting in second, Rangers have had little luck in the midfield department this season with Josh Windass, Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter all struggling with injury.

Bringing in Gauld, who can also play out wide as well as in the number 10 role, could offer both creativity and depth to Warburton’s squad as they look to hold onto second place.

Possessing both skill and a low centre of gravity, the Scotland Under-21 international possesses an eye for goal after scoring eight goals in 38 appearances for Dundee United in 2013-14.

A move back to Scotland could reignite Gauld’s faltering career, while the Gers would be bringing in proven top-flight quality that would have no trouble in hitting the ground running.

In other Rangers transfer news, this Fulham ace could also prove a top signing for the blue half of Glasgow.