Though Graeme Murty has largely done a job in rescuing Rangers’ campaign, the punters propping up our bar want to see the club work hard to improve over the course of the summer. Indeed, the club’s recent signings have impressed of late, though the fact the Light Blues can’t catch Celtic is seriously annoying our resident Gers.
With that in mind, it’s time for them to discuss potential summer targets. The January window proved to be a successful one for those behind the scenes at the club with director of football Mark Allen moving to convince the Ibrox faithful of his worth, so there is certainly some transfer momentum with the club.
Having said that, one of the names discussed by our drinkers has been a move for Southampton forward Shane Long. The Republic of Ireland international surely can’t have a future in the Premier League after a thoroughly miserable run of form, though would represent a smart signing for the Gers.
Alfredo Morelos may have signed a new deal fairly recently, though the Colombian blows hot and cold. Meanwhile, veteran marksman Kenny Miller is surely facing a summer exit, so there is certainly scope to bring in another forward to partner Jason Cummings, should he join permanently.
To that end, Long would represent a smart signing. Despite his lack of goals for Southampton, he remains a dangerous forward and his searing pace can give any team a problem. Obviously, the Scottish Premiership isn’t as packed with quality as the Premier League is, so the former Reading and West Bromwich Albion man would have ample opportunity to get back in the goals.
Valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, Long would bring a level of quality to Ibrox not seen right now and improve their attacking line no end. If the Gers are going to catch Celtic, they could do with that sort of addition.