Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst has relied upon Alfredo Morelos to be his go-to man at the top of the pitch throughout the season at Ibrox.
His supporting acts have struggled to oust him from his starting spot, with Kemar Roofe producing two goals and zero assists in seven league starts and Cedric Itten failing to provide a single goal contribution in four appearances in the Scottish top flight.
Roofe and Itten’s struggles to truly push Morelos for his place in the XI may force Ross Wilson to look into the transfer market to buy a player to compete for the number nine position. The Gers would benefit from having another regular scorer, both in terms of what it would mean for Van Bronckhorst’s options and the motivation it would provide the Colombian hitman to improve his own game.
Rangers can save themselves millions, though, if the Dutchman can convince talented youngster Rory Wilson to stay at Ibrox. The 16-year-old is out of contract this summer and Football Insider recently reported that he is attracting interest from the Premier League.
Van Bronckhorst must now do everything in his power to turn the situation around in order to secure the striker’s future at the club. If he is able to do so, the Gers may not need to splash the cash on a new centre-forward, as Wilson’s goalscoring record at youth level suggests that he has the potential to make his mark in the senior squad.
His form for his country has led to coach Brian McLaughlin lauding his talents, with the under-17 boss saying: “Rory is another who can play again in the next campaign. We have been brave enough to go really young at this age group. So Rory is leading the line as a 2006 against big powerful 2005s.
“He is a clever player, his touch is good, his attitude is superb and his finishing .. for a young boy to be able to finish the way he can finish, just clinical and calm in front of goals. He knows he is always going to get a chance because his movement gives him that.”
His statistics for club and country and this lavish praise from his national team manager would suggest that Wilson has a bright future in the game. This is why Van Bronckhorst must offer him a first-team place next season in the hope that it convinces him to extend his stay in Glasgow, saving the club from needing to bring in a new number nine.