Rangers’ hopes of signing Jonson Clarke-Harris this summer have seemingly been handed a boost after former Chairman Barry Fry suggested his club could sell him, which surely will increase the chances of him joining up with Steven Gerrard at Ibrox ahead of next season.
Rangers were initially linked with a move for the Englishman by Football Insider back in March, with the report suggesting that some of Gerrard’s scouting team had been in attendance at the London Road Stadium for a game against Accrington Stanley, where Clarke-Harris would score a hattrick in an impressive 7-0 win.
Despite the striker helping Peterborough earn promotion to the Championship, they have earned a reputation as a selling club in recent years and Fry seems to think that Clarke-Harris could be sold this summer, as he told ThisisFutbol:
“Without divulging, the player’s not on a fortune. At our level, you don’t get a fortune and at Peterborough, you don’t get a fortune.
“Throughout the last 25 years, we’ve put players in there, we’ve developed players, and the owners have put so much in, and it’s my job to sell a player to offset the losses.”
Although Rangers are already well-stocked in the striker department, with the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Fashion Sakala available to Gerrard next season, Clarke-Harris’s superb performances this season suggest that he could be an excellent addition at Ibrox.
The 26-year-old would hit 31 goals in just 45 league appearances, averaging an excellent 7.36 rating from WhoScored, which was enough to see him win the Golden Boot and the Player of the Season award in League One.
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was full of praise for the former Bristol Rovers man earlier in the season, saying:
“He is a leader, a winner and a real focal point for this team.
“He was our number one target when Ivan Toney left and we had to work hard on his fitness when he first got here, but he’s been an outstanding signing and a real pleasure to work with.
“His fitness has been excellent. He had Covid around Christmas and he wasn’t quite right when he came back, but his performance levels have remained high. He’s been brilliant so far.”
Therefore, given that Peterborough are reportedly likely to cash in on the striker this summer, sporting director Ross Wilson should ensure that Rangers are the ones to take advantage, as he could prove to be a superb signing ahead of next season’s return to the Champions League.