Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at Ibrox following the exciting appointment of Steven Gerrard as the club’s new manager last month.
The Liverpool legend was confirmed as Graeme Murty’s successor back in May to officially take charge on June 1, although the 38-year-old was busy prior to his start date making shrewd additions to his squad in a bid to bridge the gap to Celtic this season. The likes of Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield, Connor Goldson, and Ovie Ejaria have all joined the Gers during the close season, as Gerrard seeks to rebuild a squad that finished 12 points behind the Bhoys last time round.
As such, there are many optimistic and expectant Light Blues supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports suggesting that Danny Ings is free to leave Liverpool this summer.
And Gerrard should certainly be seeking to land the £7.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer, as the 25-year-old would bring the sort of quality in the attacking third that could return Rangers to their former glories.
Ultimately, financial problems have gripped the Scottish giants in recent times, with the Gers having failed to win the Scottish Premiership since 2011, and having had to work their way up through the divisions in the last few years just to return to the top-flight.
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But with back-to-back third places finishes in the top tier, now is the time for new boss Gerrard to seek to take the club back to its former glories, although it’s clear that much work is needed to be done to bridge the gap and thus challenge Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.
And quality additions like Ings would go some way to aiding the Liverpool legend in that quest.
25-year-old Ings has struggled for regular football at Anfield since his move there back in 2015 in managing just 25 senior appearances for the Reds, with serious injuries thwarting the Englishman’s chances of staking a claim for first team opportunities.
And with the lethal front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah bagging a stunning 91 goals last term, he simply isn’t going to get ahead of the trio for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven.
Yet that doesn’t mean that the one-time England international is a bad player, as Ings earned a move to Anfield as a result of scoring 11 goals in 35 Premier League appearances for Burnley back in the 2014/15 season, which went some way to earning him that solitary England cap.
Thus, it’s clear that Ings has pedigree in front of goal in the Premier League, and alongside his relentless work ethic in leading from the front and tenacity off the ball, he could seriously flourish north of the border under Gerrard.
Significantly though, Ings’ arrival would represent a seriously quality addition to the Gers squad ahead of the new season, and as such would go some way to both complementing and indeed reducing the expectation on the shoulders of Alfredo Morelos, their go-to man last season.
Thus, with Liverpool’s Ings reportedly ready to leave Anfield this summer, Gerrard must seek to make a move, a move which could help them return to their former glories under the 38-year-old.
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