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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers must seek to join race for Nick Powell

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers must seek to join race for Nick Powell

Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been somewhat quieter in recent times after seeing their side fail to record their second Scottish Premiership victory of the season at the weekend.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their clash at bottom side Motherwell full of confidence having beaten Russian side Ufa 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League play-off in midweek, but they had to settle for a share of the spoils following a thrilling encounter at Fir Park. A brace from Kyle Lafferty and an Ovie Ejaria strike gave the visitors a 3-2 lead at half time, having twice fallen behind, only for an injury-time equaliser from Peter Hartley to deny the Gers a second league win of the season.

As such, there have been some frustrated Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom believe their side still need another signing or two before the end of the Scottish window, which shuts on Friday.

And one man who many feel would benefit the Light Blues greatly this term is Wigan Athletic attacker Nick Powell, valued at £900,000 by Transfermarkt, in a move which would round off a great summer of business by the Scottish heavyweights.

Ultimately, it was evident that much work was needed to be done over the summer by new manager Gerrard given Rangers’ shortcomings last season, and the Liverpool legend hasn’t shirked responsibility by bringing in no fewer than 11 players during the summer.

And with a mix of experience and youth as part of those additions, there is much optimism around Ibrox after such an impressive summer of business, although the recent injury to Jamie Murphy has prompted many to believe that another signing is needed to complete the squad ready for the season – Powell could be that man.

Ultimately, the 24-year-old has been tipped for big things for many years now having spent time at Premier League giants Manchester United between 2012 and 2016, although with just a handful of appearances for the Red Devils and some testing loan spells during that stint, things didn’t necessarily go to plan for the former England youth international.

Yet a permanent move to Wigan back in 2016 has done the attacker the world of good as he has since proven his worth to the Latics, netting 15 goals last season to help Paul Cook’s side win promotion back to the Championship.

And Powell has continued his excellent form into this term in scoring three and laying on four assists in just five league games for the Lancashire-based outfit, making him one of the hottest properties outside of the Premier League at this early stage of the campaign.

Thus, it appears that the 24-year-old is slowly but surely fulfilling his undoubted potential, and with Jamie Murphy set to miss the remainder of the season through injury, the Englishman could be ideal for Gerrard’s Rangers.

The Light Blues may well have been the highest scorers in the Scottish Premiership last season, but in losing Josh Windass earlier this summer, it means that Alfredo Morelos is now the only player at Ibrox who reached double figures last time round.

And with the hugely influential Murphy set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Gerrard’s attacking ranks have taken something of a hit in recent times, and as such could do with being bolstered in the last knockings of the Scottish window – Powell’s arrival would do just that.

Many sides have been linked with the 24-year-old in the last couple of days to underline just how impressive he has been in the early stages of the season, but it is up to Gerrard to round off what has been a great summer of business at Ibrox by luring Powell to the Scottish giants.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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