Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst has enjoyed an impressive return to Ibrox since taking over as manager earlier this season.
The Dutchman, who represented the club during his playing career, has only lost two games in all competitions and remains in with a chance of securing a treble of trophies – the Premiership, Europa League and the Scottish Cup.
However, whilst his focus will largely be on this season, he may also have an eye on next term and his plans for the summer, including the transfer window.
He may want to add to his squad and could have players in mind about whom he has spoken to Ross Wilson already, with a few transfer links emerging of late.
Football Insider recently reported that the Gers are among the clubs interested in signing Josh Stones from Guiseley, who play in the sixth tier of English football.
Rangers are said to be closely monitoring the forward, with Wigan and Blackburn also keen on the 18-year-old, and Wilson must strike a deal for him as he may duly find the Ibrox club’s new Alfredo Morelos.
The Colombian attacker has been a lethal scorer over the years for the Gers. He has netted 113 goals in 223 matches for the Glasgow giants to date, showing that he has been a reliable striker over a number of seasons.
Meanwhile, Stones has been prolific at youth level and shown signs that he can develop into a player who is able to make a similar impact to Morelos at the top end of the pitch.
For Guiseley’s academy side this season, Stones has found the back of the net 21 times in 13 matches – earning himself a call-up to the England schoolboys side. This suggests that he has been catching the eyes of international scouts, along with those at Rangers and other professional clubs. He has also shown enough to be selected at senior level, with 13 National League North outings at the age of 18.
His immense goalscoring record at youth level suggests that he is a natural predator like Morelos, whilst the teenage menace has also been dubbed as a “big striker”, and the current Gers forward falls into that category. Whilst the 25-year-old is not a towering 6 foot 5 target man, he is physically big and able to use his strength to hold off opponents in and around the penalty box, with Stones potentially sharing this quality.
This is why Wilson must swoop in to secure a deal for the Guiseley teenager. Whilst it is a gamble in terms of whether or not Stones will fulfill his potential, his impressive statistics suggest that it is worth a shot, as the Gers could be about to find their new Morelos to carry the goalscoring burden in the future.