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Rangers could strike gold with 20-year-old Juan Alegria

Glasgow Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is facing a difficult situation next summer as a number of players are out of contract at Ibrox.

Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, Allan McGregor, Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield and Steven Davis are among the first-team members who are set to leave on free transfers at the end of the season.

The manager, alongside Ross Wilson, will need to decide who he wants to keep around and then attempt to negotiate fresh deals for those players, whilst allowing the others to depart for nothing.

If the likes of Morelos and Kent depart Ibrox on free transfers then Rangers will need to find replacements for them to bolster their attack, whether that comes from within the club or by dipping into the transfer market.

One player van Bronckhorst could strike gold with by unearthing him from the academy is young centre-forward Juan Alegria, who is currently out on loan.

The Colombian marksman was sent out on loan to League One side Falkirk in the summer and has enjoyed an impressive season so far. He has found the back of the net five times and assisted one goal in 11 league outings for the club, which shows that he has the quality to score goals at senior level.

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Falkirk manager John McGlynn hailed the signing at the time, saying:

“We are delighted to welcome Juan to the football club. He’s a player we have been after for some time. We witnessed him playing for Partick Thistle last season and he’s a young, hungry, and hardworking striker who I am sure will kick on.”

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“He fits the profile of what we are looking for look and we look forward to working with him this season as he looks to develop himself further.”

Alegria struggled during his first loan spell away from Ibrox as he failed to score in 12 matches at Partick Thistle but it was his first taste of regular first-team football in Scotland and the experience has seemingly helped him to thrive at Falkirk.

Ex-Rangers defender Alan Hutton previously claimed that the club must see him as a “big talent” and he has shown glimpses of his quality in a Gers shirt, scoring three goals in two Trust Trophy matches for the club last season.

It remains to be seen how he would adapt to playing at Premiership level but he is showing plenty of promise out on loan this season and has plenty of room left to improve at the age of just 20.

This means that van Bronckhorst could strike gold with the talented and young goalscorer by bringing him into the first-team set up next season and offering him a platform to show what he can do for the Light Blues, particularly if Morelos moves on to pastures new.

If the manager can unlock Alegria’s potential then he could strike gold by unearthing a new asset to potentially be sold on in the future if he can develop into a first-team star.

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