Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard recently admitted there will be more outgoings than incomings at Ibrox in January but he may be about to change his mind if recent reports are to be believed.
Reports back in the summer suggested Sturridge was a target for Gerrard’s side, and now, according to The Daily Record, the striker could still be an option, with the former Liverpool forward available on a free transfer after his contract was terminated by mutual consent at Trabzonspor.
Premier League club Sheffield United were also credited with an interest in the ex-England international striker in the summer but they opted to bring Rhian Brewster to Bramall Lane in the end instead.
The 31-year-old had been in prolific form for the Turkish Süper Lig side last season, with four goals and four assists in the top flight, before he left the club in acrimonious circumstances after he received a four-month ban for breaching betting rules.
Jermain Defoe picked up a calf injury in January earlier this year and Rangers never really recovered after that.
In his absence, Gerrard’s side slid down the table, as they slumped to three defeats and two draws in nine games, which gave Celtic an unassailable 13-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Gerrard is hardly short of striker options, as he can also call upon the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe, but Sturridge could give the Gers a cutting edge in their bid to regain the title for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Roofe and Itten’s arrivals in the summer have seen Greg Stewart fall even further down the pecking order, having played just 113′ minutes of first-team football so far this season.
With Stewart seemingly destined for an eventual exit, bringing a fit-again free agent in Sturridge should be a tempting option, as he scored 68 goals and supplied 26 assists during his time at Anfield, via Transfermarkt.
His former Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised the “fantastic” Sturridge back in 2018, saying: “He is a fantastic football player. He had a full pre-season and he is in the best shape since I have known him. It’s as simple as that. It’s really cool. I am really happy for him. He works hard. He is just a good lad, that is how it is. When he came in the dressing room, after doing 20 interviews, it was pretty loud. The boys are all happy for him. He really is in a good moment.”
This sort of work ethic would be most welcome in Glasgow and signing a striker of Sturridge’s calibre would be an extremely smart bit of business, as he won’t cost Ross Wilson a penny.
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