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Gerrard would certainly enhance Rangers’ strike-force with move for Sam Gallagher

Gerrard would certainly enhance Rangers’ strike-force with move for Sam Gallagher

Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in fine voice in the last few weeks after seeing their team make a fine start to the 2018/19 season.

Steven Gerrard took over the Scottish giants back in the summer and has since led the Gers to the play-off round of the Europa League, beating Shkupi, NK Osijek, and Maribor en route to a meeting with Russian side Ufa later this week. Add in a win and a draw in their opening two Scottish Premiership matches, alongside progressing into the last eight of the Scottish League Cup, and it has been an excellent start to the season from the Light Blues.

Unsurprisingly, there have been many delighted Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, although several still feel that their side are slightly short in the attacking department.

And that is why Gerrard would seriously enhance his strike-force were he to make a move for £2.7 million-rated Premier League outcast Sam Gallagher (as per Transfermarkt), currently of Southampton.

Ultimately, Alfredo Morelos is the undisputed best striker at Ibrox and has proven that so far this season with six goals in just nine appearances for the Gers, but outside of him it’s difficult to see exactly where the goals are coming from, not least following the departure of Josh Windass, the only other Rangers player to reach double figures last term, earlier this month.

And with Bordeaux reportedly keen on 21-year-old Morelos, having made a move for him earlier this month, it’s plausible that Gerrard could lose his star striker before the close of the window on August 31, which makes it even more imperative that he seeks to lure another man to Ibrox in the coming weeks.

And Gallagher should be one man he targets.

The 22-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Southampton but has earned just 20 senior appearances for the Saints, and has also failed to make either of Mark Hughes’ matchday squads for their opening league games so far this term to underline his lowly position in the striking pecking order.

In fact, he has spent the best part of the last few years out on loan to Championship sides Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City, with his goal-scoring records likely to be of particular interest to Gerrard given the former England youth international netted 12 times for the former in the 2016/17 season, and then seven for the latter last time round.

And those are pretty good returns given the fiercely competitive nature of the second tier in English football, which suggests that he could well have even more success north of the border given the Scottish Premiership is arguably not quite as competitive as the Championship.

Yes, Gallagher may not be able to dispose Morelos from the starting eleven on a regular basis, but the 22-year-old would certainly give Gerrard a genuine alternative be it off the bench or indeed if the Colombian endures a testing run of form – and with the Englishman out of favour at Southampton, a deal could be doable.

Overall, his arrival would certainly enhance Rangers’ strike-force ahead of the rest of the season.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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