Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the remainder of the summer transfer window, what with new manager Steven Gerrard having already stamped his authority on things at Ibrox.
The 38-year-old took over as the Gers boss on June 1 following the departure of Graeme Murty back in April, and the Liverpool legend has already begun moulding and shaping a squad which he hopes can sustain a challenge to the dominant Celtic next season. Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield have both joined the Light Blues on free transfers, while Jamie Murphy has made his loan move permanent after an impressive second half of the season at the Scottish giants.
As such, there are many excited Rangers fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be further intrigued by recent reports suggesting that their club are closing in on a move for Liverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria.
And with it seemingly just a matter of time before the Gers land the 20-year-old, the Scottish heavyweights must now turn their attentions towards luring another Reds starlet to Anfield, namely Ben Woodburn.
Ultimately, Ejaria has managed just eight first team appearances for Liverpool since breaking into the senior set-up back in 2016, with his lowly position in the pecking order seeing him shipped out on loan to Sunderland earlier this year, although he couldn’t help them stay in the Championship.
But it appears that he will get the chance for further senior football at Rangers next term, which is exactly what Wales international Woodburn needs as he bids to fulfil his undoubted potential.
The 18-year-old made a name for himself by scoring on just his second senior appearance for the Reds back in 2017, yet he has since featured only nine more times for Klopp’s first team at Anfield such is the plethora of attacking talent at the German’s disposal.
And while the Welshman continues to score goals at youth level, both for the Under-23s and Under-18s, it’s clear that the next step up is league football, something which he has tasted very little of in his professional career to date.
And where better than at Rangers under the guidance of Gerrard, who Woodburn played under this time round during the ex-midfielder’s time in charge of the Reds Under-18 team.
And with question marks surrounding the future of influential Gers ace Alfredo Morelos, Gerrard may well be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements this summer to bridge the gap to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic – Woodburn’s arrival would no doubt bolster those ranks.
So with a deal close to bring Ejaria north of the border, the Reds legend should seek to follow that up by luring his £4.5 million-rated Liverpool teammate Woodburn (as per Transfermarkt) to Ibrox as well.
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