Rangers fans will be delighted to see Celtic crash out of the Champions League at the hands of AEK Athens.
The Hoops were defeated on aggregate against the Greek side meaning they will now drop into the Europa League qualifiers alongside the Gers. Steven Gerrard’s team will be looking to secure their place in the next round in their second-leg against Maribor. The Light Blues take a healthy 3-1 lead to Slovenia, but Gerrard will be cautious of complacency.
The former Liverpool captain has made an impressive start to his tenure and picked up his first win in the SPFL against St. Mirren at the weekend. Unlike English clubs, the Gers can sign players until the end of August and Gerrard is keen to add to his squad. The boss is desperate to bolster their firepower and land another striker.
One man he should consider is Stoke City forward – Peter Crouch. Valued at £900k by Transfermarkt, Gerrard played alongside the striker during his time on Merseyside, and the 37-year-old could look to reunite with his ex-teammate up north following Stoke’s relegation. Crouch made 31 appearances in the Premier League last season, scoring five goals.
The former Portsmouth man has plenty of experience that could be vital if Rangers are to finally knock Celtic off the top of the table. Crouch also has experience playing in Europe which will benefit Gerrard’s side if they reach the Europa League group stages. He could link up perfectly with Alfredo Morelos in the Rangers forward line to create a big and small partnership.
With just one year remaining on his contract, signing Crouch wouldn’t break the bank and give Gerrard a useful striking option.
Rangers fans, thoughts?