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Rangers: Beale could unearth his own Goncalo Ramos in Oli McBurnie

New Glasgow Rangers manager Michael Beale is set to face his first big test against Hibernian next Thursday, with the Premiership season resuming following the World Cup break.

Having been in charge since November 28 and with his prior experience at Ibrox, he will have had a solid few weeks of preparation time before the tie against Hibs.

The 42-year-old will also be keeping an eye on a few potential transfer targets as the January window looms into view, and he will surely want to refresh a stagnating playing squad.

One player that must be looked at again is Sheffield United striker Oliver McBurnie, especially considering his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 6 foot 2 machine was first linked with the club in the summer of 2021 and considering he is a massive fan of the club, a move would surely make sense.

Indeed, the 26-year-old is similar in style to that of Portuguese hitman Goncalo Ramos, who burst onto the World Cup scene by scoring a wonderful hat trick against Switzerland.

According to FBref’s similar player model, Ramos is the ninth-most similar player to McBurnie across Europe’s top five leagues, and given the 21-year-olds recent form, it isn’t a bad comparison.

This season has seen the two strikers register similar statistics with regard to goals (both nine), shots per match (4.87 to 4.06), goal-creating actions per match (0.34 to 0.23), and dribble success rate (45.8% to 40%).

They are both clearly dangerous players in the final third and McBurnie even ranks in the top 5% over the previous year for total shots (4.11 per 90) and touches in the opposition penalty area (7.02).

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The Scot was even described as “unplayable” by former national team striker Chris Iwelumo back in 2020, and although McBurnie suffered a dip in form last season – scoring just once – his improvement this season may justify Iwelumo’s praise.

With the chance to secure the player on a pre-contract agreement in January, Beale should be wasting absolutely no time and McBurnie could be Rangers’ own Ramos, which will no doubt please the Ibrox faithful.