Rangers have been linked with a summer transfer move for a young striker from England.
He revealed that there is “a lot of interest” from Rangers in signing Cameron Archer from Aston Villa, who are now managed by former Gers boss Steven Gerrard. English Championship duo Middlesbrough and Watford are also keeping tabs on the 20-year-old this summer.
A product of Villa’s youth system, the attacker has made 59 appearances at youth and senior level for the club, along with having loan spells at Solihull Moors and Preston North End. In that time, the £5.4m-rated sensation has scored goals for each team he has represented, having found the net 34 times and delivered 10 assists in 106 games in total between youth and senior football.
In 20 Championship appearances with Preston during the second half of the 2021/22 season, the 20-year-old scored seven goals, showing that he is capable of offering a goal threat at that level. In fact, he ended the campaign with a higher average of shots per game (2.3) than any other player at the Lancashire club, along with the second-highest number of shots on target (20).
Last week saw England’s under-21s beat Kosovo 5-0, a game in which Archer found the net on two occasions. The second of his goals was labelled a “clinical” finish by journalist Tom Barclay on Twitter, who also called him “impressive”.
In terms of a potential move to Ibrox this summer, Rangers recently said goodbye to Cedric Itten as he joined Young Boys for an undisclosed fee, so this may have opened up a space in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad for a young attacking talent like Archer to come in and test himself in the Premiership.
Given the promise that he has already shown at senior and youth level for the clubs he has represented, and also on the international stage, having a player like the 20-year-old in the Dutchman’s ranks for him to develop and nurture would undoubtedly be a dream scenario for the Rangers boss.
With the Ibrox club obviously having connections with Gerrard, they should definitely get in touch with their previous head coach to see if he would be willing to let the youngster make the move to Glasgow this summer.