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Rangers: Marcus Browne could be the next big star

Rangers: Marcus Browne could be the next big star
It was a solid first season under Steven Gerrard, wasn’t it? Yes, finishing second behind Celtic can never fully be deemed a success, but there were many positives to take. However, in honesty, if they are to close the gap, more investment is needed.
So, who are Rangers looking to bring in? Let’s have a look at one name below.
It has emerged in recent days that both Rangers and Celtic are interested in West Ham winger, Marcus Browne. Goal reported that the youngster, who played his football on-loan at Oxford United last season, will get his chance to impress Manuel Pellegrini during pre-season.
Still, they claim that plenty of clubs are interested in the man with just one year left on his contract.
But what would the exciting Englishman bring to Rangers? Well, the 21-year-old scored nine goals and claimed five assists in 44 league games last season. Additionally, he impressed in West Ham’s U-23 side just the year before, netting six goals in just 12 games. We’ve seen the likes of Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts thrive on the other side of Glasgow after leaving English football at a young age to hone their craft, so it’s a well-trodden path and one that has yielded success in seasons gone by.
These are impressive figures for such a young forward. Hailed by Terry Westley for some of his work in East London, he has certainly built up a fairly strong footballing pedigree during his short career.
Goal report the West Ham hierarchy were very pleased with what they saw of his time at Oxford and they say a number of Championship clubs were interested, but Browne opted to stay in League One, where he quickly made a name for himself. Frankly, for the reasons we’ve already explained, it’s not difficult to see why Rangers would want him.
Browne has an abundance of pace, while clearly also having an eye for goal. Perhaps he could even become Rangers’ next loan star after witnessing Ryan Kent’s incredible displays last season. We all know what Kent is capable of, netting six times in a hugely impressive season, though is future does appear to lie elsewhere. Missing that kind of attacking verve, perhaps Browne can fill what would be a void should Kent not return.
Should Browne be as capable, or even more so, Rangers could have a genuine player on their hands.

Rangers fans, would you be excited to see Browne at Ibrox? Is he the man to help close the gap with Celtic? Comment below… 
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