According to The Sun, Rangers are lining up a pre-contract agreement with Charlton’s Karlan Ahearne-Grant.
This is in anticipation of star striker Alfredo Morelos leaving Ibrox this summer, with the article reporting that a multi-million-pound fee has been lined up.
The Colombian already has 12 goals and four assists in 19 Scottish Premiership games so far this season, and has been a significant source of goals for The Gers. Therefore, this is a wise choice by lining up a player to replace the striker, in order to avoid a lull in the summer.
The England under-19 international Ahearne-Grant is additionally a brilliant recruitment for the team. The 21-year-old has 13 goals and four assists in League One so far this season, and is a promising player who has helped Charlton so far in their impressive season.
What this potential signing also indicates is that manager Steven Gerrard has long-term aspirations at Rangers. There have been fears that the manager simply sees the club as a stepping stone in his managerial career, and may not be around for long. This could be supported by the fact that he is making short-term signings such as Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis.
By signing Ahearne-Grant, Gerrard is looking ahead to seasons to come, which shows that the Liverpool legend is intent on creating a legacy at Ibrox. The Gers will want to end Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football, and a 21-year-old signing is the key to achieving that goal, and Gerrard may be the man to oversee it.
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