Rangers should sign Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland when the transfer window re-opens in January, according to The Herald reporter Jonny McFarlane.
The Gers’ frontline has misfired at the start of this season and McFarlane claims it would be a “no-brainer” to sign Shankland as another forward option:
“The team is very reliant on Danilo and there shouldn’t be much faith in [Cyriel] Dessers should there be an injury.”
“This will surely be the number one area to address in January with a deal for proven SPFL striker Lawrence Shankland staring [Philippe]Clement in the face. That’s a no-brainer for all concerned.”
Summer signings have not performed to the expected level
Michael Beale went into the market in the summer to replace the firepower lost when Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent left on free transfers.
Substantial sums were spent on Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers but the pair have only managed to score 7 goals between them so far this campaign. As McFarlane mentions, the only forward signing to really impress is Danilo, who has scored 4 times in just 8 league appearances.
Shankland has looked impressive when facing Rangers this season
As well as scoring more than Dessers and Lammers combined (8 in all competitions), Shankland has also stood out when facing the Light Blues. In addition to scoring a consolation from the penalty spot in the Viaplay Cup semi-final at the weekend, he also bagged the opener in Hearts’ 2-1 league defeat at Ibrox last week.
At 28 years of age, Shankland is certainly not one for the future but he could provide some much-needed depth up front. Danilo’s injury record since arriving in Glasgow suggests that cover for the Brazilian will be needed at some point, and Shankland does seem to be a better bet than the other options currently available to manager Philippe Clement.