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Rangers: Olivier Giroud contacted about potential move to Ibrox

Rangers: Olivier Giroud contacted about potential move to Ibrox - Rangers

Rangers are reportedly seeking to bring a World Cup-winning striker to the club in 2020.

French media outlet L’Equipe reported [via Daily Record] that Olivier Giroud has been approached by the ‘Gers over a potential move to Ibrox next year.

The Daily Record noted that the Chelsea and France centre-forward, who was in his country’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018, is free to speak to other clubs as his deal at the English Premier League club expires at the end of the season.

Giroud would bring enormous pedigree to Rangers if he were to make the move to Scotland – in addition to his World Cup winner’s medal, he has also triumphed in the Europa League with Chelsea and won four FA Cups, as well as scoring 39 times in 97 caps for his country.

He has scored more than 200 goals in senior football, with 105 of those for Arsenal, although he has struggled for game-time at Chelsea this season. He has featured in only seven games for Frank Lampard’s side this term and made just two Premier League starts. [via TransferMarkt]

While he might be on the periphery at Stamford Bridge in 2019/20, Giroud showed last season just how effective a presence he can be up front. He netted 13 times in 2,186 minutes of game-time in 2018/29, an average of one goal every 168.15 minutes.

Notably, 11 of those goals came in Chelsea’s victorious Europa League campaign, a competition in which Rangers will continue to participate in February when they take on Braga in the round of 32.

It was in last January’s transfer window that the ‘Gers signed another veteran striker who had been struggling in the English top flight, securing an 18-month loan deal for Jermain Defoe (as per BBC).

The 37-year-old Englishman played just 21 minutes in the Premier League last term before a mid-season switch to Rangers, where he has since scored 22 times in 46 appearances across 2,190 minutes of action, netting once every 99.54 minutes.

Rangers do not have huge depth in the centre-forward department – Defoe, Alfredo Morelos and Greg Stewart are their only options in that area – so it makes perfect sense for them to target Giroud, especially with the Frenchman being out of favour at Chelsea.

He may be 33 but is still four years younger than Defoe, who has been in fantastic form for the ‘Gers since he made the move north, so there appears a reasonably good chance that he could fit the mould of the experienced striker who thrives at Ibrox after a move from the Premier League, as Defoe has done.

Also, Giroud’s goal record from 2018/19 shows that he remains a potent presence and, with Defoe turning 38 next year and currently due to return to Bournemouth in the summer (as per Football Insider), Rangers could yet need a target man of the French forward’s pedigree and scoring ability.

Rangers fans, do you think a move for Giroud is likely next year? Would you like to see him coming to the club? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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