Not that he’d be one to admit it, but Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will surely be regretting his failure to sign former Dunfermline striker Kevin Nisbet back in 2019.
Rangers will still be smarting after shipping two late goals to draw with 10-man Benfica, but they battered Hamilton Academical at home to go some way towards restoring their injured pride.
Without Alfredo Morelos leading the line in the attack, Gerrard’s side have, at times, looked static and short of any ideas. Whilst that has somewhat changed with Kemar Roofe stepping up to the plate in recent weeks, things aren’t exactly perfect for the Gers as Cedric Itten has failed to find the back of the net since he opened his account with a late brace against Motherwell in September.
According to a report from The Glasgow Times at the time, Rangers were keeping tabs on Nisbet after his strong start to the 2019/20 season in the Championship, having scored 11 goals in 19 games for the Pars at the time of the report. It seems the Gers had other ideas, though, as they ended up signing Itten and Roofe in the summer instead.
Hibernian went on to sign the 23-year-old for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be in the region of £252k, on a four-year deal. Since then, he has turned out to be a bargain buy, scoring eight goals and supplying two assists in 14 appearances for Jack Ross’ side so far this season.
By comparison, Rangers duo Roofe and Itten have only managed to score seven goals between them in all competitions.
When you consider the fact that Ross Wilson spent more than ten times that amount on the 3-cap Switzerland international, it seems the Light Blues missed the boat with this one.
It’s no wonder the Hibs striker has been labelled a “fantastic” beast by his strike partner Christian Doidge – 74 goals and 17 assists in 159 games in all competitions in his club career so far is an impressive return, via Transfermarkt.
Despite Itten’s poor run of form in recent weeks, Rangers are still nine points clear of their arch-rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, so fans probably won’t be too bothered about this anyway.
However, Morelos isn’t going to be around forever, and Nisbet could have been the perfect replacement for the Colombia international in the long run, so Rangers may live to regret this missed opportunity in the not too distant future. An initial £250k fee would’ve been an absolute steal, that’s for sure.