Following weeks of intense speculation, Kyle Lafferty finally completed a switch from Hearts to Rangers earlier today to begin his second spell with the club.
Lafferty arrives as Steven Gerrard’s 12th signing since taking charge at the club in what has been a whirlwind summer for the new manager. Umar Sadiq’s arrival and Alfredo Morelos’ form at the spearhead of the attack will presumably force Lafferty to embrace his versatility and become something of a utility player in attack.
With the ability to play on both wings and through the middle, there’s no doubt that Rangers have completed a shrewd signing by bringing a player with a proven track record in the SPFL to Ibrox.
However, a recent report from the London Evening Standard suggests that they may have missed an ideal opportunity to sign a player of true quality, namely Fernando Llorente.
According to the report, Spurs ‘will listen to offers’ for the Spaniard this summer after he endured a relatively poor first season with the club.
Llorente is a natural goalscorer with a proven track record in Europe, but Harry Kane’s presence in the first-team has turned him into nothing more than a backup player.
At this moment in time the 33-year-old is likely to be prioritising first-team opportunities above all other considerations, and at Rangers he could have easily established himself as a first-team regular.
Whilst there’s no doubt that the signing of Lafferty is a smart move from the club, the signing of a player of Llorente’s prestige and natural goal-scoring talent would have been the coup the club needed to truly challenge Celtic this season.
Tottenham will presumably be inclined to sell Llorente this summer on a permanent deal, but their willingness to listen to offers suggests Rangers could have tempted them with a season-long loan offer.
In short, Llorente’s availability suggests Rangers have missed a trick in the transfer market which would have added a significant layer of quality to their attack and simultaneously sent out a huge statement to the rest of the SPFL.
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