Steven Gerrard has been incredibly productive in the transfer market since he joined the club earlier in the summer, but a recent report from the Daily Record suggests he is far from finished despite already welcoming 10 new signings to Ibrox .
According to the report, Rangers are preparing a second bid worth £300,000 for Kyle Lafferty after their opening offer of £200,000 was rejected by Hearts – an offer which was described as “disappointing” by Craig Levein. With the signature of Umar Sadiq already secured, the acquisition of a new striker is not a burning necessity for the Gers, but the arrival of Lafferty is certainly a deal which could make the difference between a genuine title-challenge and another season of living in Celtic’s shadow.
Following a season in which Alfredo Morelos bagged an impressive 14 goals from 31 appearances, Gerrard is certainly not struggling for quality options at centre-forward, especially with the arrival of Umar Sadiq to consider.
However, whilst Sadiq remains something of an unknown entity with no previous experience in Scottish football, Gerrard would be wise to add a proven attacking talent to his ranks to ensure his side are well prepared ahead of the new season.
With that in mind, there’s no doubt that Rangers’ interest in Lafferty, a player with 134 appearances in the SPFL – including 104 with the Gers – is certainly well placed. A versatile attacking player by trade with the ability to slot into a handful of positions across the front-three, Lafferty would provide Gerrard with the opportunity to experiment with different combinations in forward positions.
At 6ft 3in, Lafferty also possesses the aerial presence to give Rangers an outlet in fixtures where a more direct approach may be necessary to unlock the opposition.
And with 20 international goals from 67 appearances for Northern Ireland to his name, there’s no doubt that Lafferty has both the club and international pedigree to help the relatively inexperienced pairing of Sadiq and Morelos enhance their development, so there’s no doubt that his presence at the club would make a huge difference to Rangers’ ambitions ahead of the new season.
6 years after his departure from Rangers it could well be the perfect time for Lafferty to reunite with his former club and, considering Gerrard’s options at centre-forward are relatively scarce ahead of the new season, the potential deal could represent the final piece of his summer jigsaw.
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