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Rangers must secure Wigan striker Kyle Joseph as a Greg Stewart replacement

According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Glasgow Rangers have entered the race to sign Kyle Joseph from Wigan Athletic.

What’s the word?

It’s claimed Joseph is attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, and he has also been linked with a move to Blackpool.

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However, Rangers may have the advantage, as his contract is set to expire in the summer and they could land him for nothing at the end of the season by tying him down to a pre-contract agreement.

Blackpool reportedly made an enquiry last week, only to be rebuffed by the Latics, who are demanding at least £1m in compensation for the Scotland U21 international.

The perfect replacement for Greg Stewart

There’s no question that signing the 19-year-old would be a bit of a gamble, but there’s also no denying he clearly has bags of talent.

With links to Juan Alegria and Fashion Sakala, it looks like Rangers are out to sign an up-and-coming striker with an eye on the future. While both Alegria and Sakala are good options, Joseph could be even better. The Scottish frontman would offer pace upfront that the likes of Jermain Defoe and Greg Stewart – who has been heavily linked with the Ibrox exit – simply can’t.

Although he’s not the most physical of strikers, he counters this with his very strong dribbling and ability to find the back of the net on a regular basis.

Despite his age, the highly-rated teenager has provided four goals in 11 appearances in League One this season, via Transfermarkt.

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It’s no wonder his teammate Kal Naismith praised Joseph back in December, saying: “He’ll be a top player, a really, really good player and he works his nuts off not just in the games but all week in training as well, he has a great appetite for the game and a great attitude – I enjoy playing with him.”

That sort of attitude would be most welcome at the Govan-based Glaswegian giants and to be able to nab a striker who has proven he can score goals consistently at a decent level to play second-fiddle to the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe for just a small compensatory fee would be an extremely shrewd bit of business.

AND in other news, Rangers captain James Tavernier let Gerrard down massively against Aberdeen

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