Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have used the first week of 2018 to look back on their side’s fortunes in 2017, which saw the club struggle to keep pace with Old Firm rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
The Gers started the year with Mark Warburton at the helm before Pedro Caixinha replaced the sacked Englishman in February, only for he to oversee a turbulent reign at Ibrox, in which time he finished 39 points adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys in the table. And starting this season off with an embarrassing Europa League defeat to Progres Niederkorn didn’t do his stock much good, before he was relieved of his duties in October to be replaced by Graeme Murty, who has since steadied the ship and earned himself the job until the end of the season.
Subsequently, there hasn’t been much to cheer about for our resident Rangers fans in recent times, although they are likely to be encouraged by a recent report from Football Insider, which suggests that they are one of many sides keeping tabs on Dulwich Hamlet striker Reise Allassani.
The 22-year-old came up through the ranks at Premier League outfit Crystal Palace but failed to feature for the first team at Selhurst Park, before being released from his contract back in 2016.
And although a move to Sheffield Wednesday was in the offing, injury put pay to those hopes, seeing the former England youth international sign for Bostik League Premier Division side Dulwich Hamlet, for whom he has bagged an impressive 17 goals in just 16 games this season.
And recent reports suggest that Murty’s Rangers are eyeing up a move for Allassani in a bid to bolster their attacking ranks, although they look set to face a battle from rivals Celtic, as well as a whole host of sides south of the border, to secure the youngster’s signature.
Thus, it very much remains to be seen what the future holds for the 22-year-old starlet.
Landlord’s verdict: Graeme Murty has done a tremendous job steadying the ship at Rangers since stepping in following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking, to the point that he has got the job until at least the end of the season.
And the Scotsman is seeking to stamp his authority on the squad at Ibrox, and with Sean Goss and Jamie Murphy already through the door, non-league striker Reise Allassani could follow them if recent reports are anything to go by.
The 22-year-old has scored a sensational 17 goals in just 16 games for Dulwich Hamlet this term, alerting several clubs around the British Isles with Rangers, Celtic, and several Championship teams thought to be interested.
But with Rangers seemingly on the up under Murty, the Englishman may well be tempted by a move to Ibrox.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!