Rangers supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern over the festive period following their side’s disappointing back-to-back defeats in the Scottish Premiership, although they’ll hope for improvement when the Gers host Motherwell this evening.
Graeme Murty’s men were riding a wave in second place in the table following a fourth successive league victory over Hibernian on December 13, but all that optimism has since dissipated following successive losses. The Scottish giants went down 3-1 at home to St Johnstone on December 16 before succumbing to Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock in their final game before Christmas, two results that have seen them slip to third and 14 points adrift of Celtic at the summit.
Subsequently, there have been many downbeat Rangers fans in the Tavern in recent times, yet their mood may be improved by a recent report from The Sun, which suggests that the Gers are seeking a move for West Brom striker Tyler Roberts when the transfer window reopens next week.
The 18-year-old came up through the ranks at the Hawthorns yet has since featured just once for the first team, which saw him come off the bench in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool back in May 2016.
Loan spells at Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town, and currently Walsall have since followed for the Wales Under-21 international, with his five goals in 15 games for the Saddlers this term appearing to attract the interest of Rangers, who have reportedly made ‘contact’ with parent club West Brom about taking Roberts on loan in January.
And with the Gers arguably in need of further attacking reinforcements ahead of the second half of the campaign, and Roberts’ future seemingly uncertain given he’s out of contract in the summer, it’s a move which could well take place next month.
Landlord’s verdict: Only two players (Alfredo Morales and Josh Windass) have managed over five goals for Rangers this season, so reports that manager Graeme Murty is seeking attacking reinforcements in January are hardly much of a surprise.
And one man who appears to have caught his eye is West Brom’s Tyler Roberts, who has bagged five goals in 15 games for League One side Walsall so far this term, adding to the four he got in just 13 appearances for Shrewsbury Town last time round.
And with the 18-year-old’s contract at the Hawthorns up in the summer, his future is far from certain, and Rangers are seeking to exploit that having reportedly made ‘contact’ with the Baggies about a loan move in January.
And were that to happen, it surely would increase the possibility to landing Roberts permanently come the end of the campaign.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!