Rangers are on the verge of qualifying for the group stages of a European competition for the first time since 2011.
The Gers have made an unbeaten start to Steven Gerrard’s reign as manager and continued their form with a hard-fought win over FC Ufa at Ibrox. Just five minutes before the interval, new signing Connor Goldson netted the only goal of the game to give Rangers the advantage heading into the second-leg in Russia. Gerrard will aim to become the first manager to guide Rangers to the group stages in Europe since 2011.
The former Liverpool captain has been extremely busy in the transfer window and finally captured Kyle Lafferty from Hearts after weeks of speculation. However, the Gers were dealt a huge blow when news emerged that Jamie Murphy would be sidelined for the rest of the season. The developments could force Gerrard back into the market.
One man he simply must consider is Crystal Palace winger – Jason Puncheon. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, reports suggest the 32-year-old will be shipped out on loan in order to revive his career after battling through injury. Puncheon missed almost eight months of the season last year and will be desperate for the chance to play regularly.
The forward is a veteran of the Premier League having made 193 appearances in England’s top division for various clubs. A goal and assist tally of 48 is extremely respectable and highlights Puncheon could still have something to offer despite entering the twilight of his career. The Englishman is a huge admirer of Gerrard, naming him his ‘idol’ in the Express back in 2015, which should give Rangers the advantage in the race for his signature.
He can play right across the front line making him the ideal replacement for the injured Murphy.
Rangers fans, thoughts?