Rangers supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team go down 1-0 at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday to suffer a second consecutive Scottish Premiership defeat.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their meeting with Killy at Ibrox off the back of losing 3-2 to Old Firm rivals Celtic the week before, a result which all but ended their slim title chances. Yet our resident Light Blues fans were looking for a response from their side on Saturday, but the Gers were nowhere near their best in Glasgow as Steve Clarke’s visitors deservedly secured all three points thanks to Kris Boyd’s strike nine minutes into the second half, thus inflicting a seventh home league loss of the campaign on Murty’s side.
As such, there have been many disappointed and frustrated Rangers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can get back to winning ways after the international break when they travel to Motherwell.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Light Blues supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent comments from Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie suggesting that he would ‘love’ to play for the Scottish giants one day.
And this recent admission should prompt Murty’s men to make that dream a reality sooner rather than later, as the 21-year-old clearly has a bright future in the game and as such could be a huge asset to Rangers going forward.
The striker made the move to the Liberty Stadium back in 2015, and with ten goals in seven Premier League 2 appearances for the Swans this season, he deservedly earned 11 senior appearances for the club in the top-flight.
Thus, he is clearly very highly thought-of at the South Wales outfit, and with two goals and two assists in 18 appearances for the first team, he has proven his worth when on the field for the Swans – he has evidently got a bright future in the game.
More importantly though, the 21-year-old is beginning to fulfil some of that potential, as the forward has scored a mightily impressive six goals in just nine Championship appearances for Barnsley since his loan move there in January – it’s one thing scoring goals in youth football, it’s another scoring them in league football.
And McBurnie appears to have made the transition seamlessly to suggest that, were he to move to Rangers, he could have a massive influence. Remember, Jason Cummings was struggling to score in the Championship with Nottingham Forest prior to his move north of the border, and he has since bagged five times in 12 games – as such, what could McBurnie go on to do for the Gers?
Yes, there is still a long way to go in his development, but the signs are that the 21-year-old has all the traits to go on and become a quality forward, be it down the left where he is currently playing for Barnsley, or as a centre forward where he has turned out for Swansea in the past.
And with boyhood fan McBurnie reportedly eyeing a move to Rangers one day in his career, Murty and the club’s hierarchy must look to land the £900,000-rated man (as per Transfermarkt) in the summer, as doing so would significantly bolster their attacking ranks for both the present, and indeed the future.
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