Rangers have blown the title race wide open in the Scottish Premiership with a comprehensive victory over Hearts last weekend.
The Gers welcome the league leaders to Ibrox with their opponents unbeaten in 13 games and found themselves three goals to the good after just 32 minutes. Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield all found the back of the net to give Steven Gerrard’s men an unassailable lead. Jimmy Dunne pulled one back late on, but his goal was rendered useless thanks to Rangers’ blistering first-half performance.
The result leaves Gerrard’s side just five points behind Hearts at the top of the table and two behind arch-rivals Celtic. Rangers have won all four of their fixtures at home this season and will hope to continue their Europa League run against Rapid Vienna following the international break. As well as fixture preparation, the former England captain should also be monitoring potential January recruits.
One man he should shortlist is Newcastle United powerhouse – Mohamed Diame. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the Senegal international has been a key player for the Magpies since joining from Hull City back in 2016. He made 31 appearances in the Premier League last season and has featured in all eight fixtures under Rafael Benitez so far this season.
Despite his increasing importance to the first-team, Diame has less than one year remaining on his contract at St. James Park and could be available at a cut-price in January if Newcastle are unwilling to lose him on a free in the summer. The 31-year-old could add some steel to the Rangers midfield, averaging an incredible 3.9 tackles per game so far this season – more than any other Rangers player. Diame is also a huge threat in the air, winning 1.8 aerial duels per game this season (WhoScored).
Adding the Senegalese powerhouse to his roster in January could give Gerrard a welcome boost in the New Year.
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