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20th Dec, 2016 | 4:56pm

Why Rangers should sign this Aston Villa record breaker to close gap on rivals

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Rangers are currently 11 points behind their Glasgow rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table, but if they want to close that gap on the leaders then they must sign Ross McCormack.

Aston Villa broke the Championship transfer record during the summer when they signed the striker for £12 million from Fulham – the Midlands club then surpassed their own record by signing Jonathan Kodjia.

McCormack is struggling to adapt to his new environments at Villa, but the former Gers player has shown he has a tremendous goalscoring ability.

Despite finding the net on only two occasions from 16 league games this season, McCormack has scored 118 goals in 322 second tier games – proving his natural ability in front of goal.

Rangers are in need of a boost when the January transfer window opens next month and purchasing McCormack will do just that.

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The 30-year-old will offer valuable experience to Mark Warburton’s side, including adding that power up front during crucial games.

Warburton’s top scorer during this campaign in the SPL is Kenny Miller, 36, with four goals, clearly not enough to challenge their Old Firm rivals.

Scotland international McCormack has played in Scotland’s top flight before, scoring nine goals in 53 games, but over those ten years he has now become a more established player.

Despite his strugglers with Villa this season, McCormack found the back of the net on 21 occasions for a poor Fulham side during the 2015/16 Championship campaign.

Not only that the Glasgow-born forward will bring a much-needed know how to the club, who will be looking to overtake their unbeaten rivals in the coming seasons.

Brendan Rodgers side are unbeaten in all domestic competitions this term, inflicting two defeats on Warburton’s side along the way.

If the Gers are to challenge their rivals then scoring goals is a must and McCormack will bring just that.

In other Rangers news, this Mark Warburton favourite is the Gers young player of the year for 2016.