Glasgow Rangers haven’t made many mistakes so far this season, have they?
First and foremost, Steven Gerrard’s side are top of the Scottish Premiership table, with a 13-point gap between the 54-time Scottish champions and their arch rivals Celtic.
Secondly, Rangers reached the knockout stages of the Europa League with a game to spare after they came from behind to beat Standard Liege at Ibrox.
Ross Wilson embarked on a spending spree in the summer, signing the likes of Calvin Bassey, Leon Balogun, Ianis Hagi and Kemar Roofe, whilst he brought in Bongani Zungu from French Ligue 2 side Amiens on an initial loan deal with the option to buy.
But if there’s one player they arguably lack, it’s a genuine goal-scoring threat from the midfield, but the sporting director can make amends next summer if recent reports are to be believed.
Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard has been linked with a move to Ibrox as his contract with his boyhood club will run out in 2021.
Reports in recent times revealed Lingard is heading for the exit as his time at Old Trafford is all but over. Premiership rivals Celtic are also reportedly keen on landing the 5 ft 7 in diminutive attacking midfielder.
Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish believes the club could pull off a massive coup if they are able to secure his services next summer.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, he said: “Jesse has definitely struggled in the last couple of years, but he’s got undoubted ability and talent and he’d be an asset for Rangers. He’d be an asset for any team.”
Despite his obvious struggles, the 27-year-old has still scored 33 goals and supplied 20 assists in over 200 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, via Transfermarkt.
There’s no doubt that Lingard has struggled for consistency but he still can prove his critics wrong and Ibrox could be the proving ground to get the former England international back on his feet.
He endured a difficult campaign last season but it wasn’t all that long ago that he bagged four goals and two assists in 27 games in the Premier League, whilst he averaged 1.2 shots per game, via WhoScored.
Wilson would be wise to sanction a move for Lingard as not only would he be able to provide competition and cover for Scott Arfield, who has scored the most goals from the midfield so far this season, but he’d also be an alternative threat in attack, as he can play in the centre, on the left or on the right wing.
In nine appearances in the Champions League last season, Lingard scored twice and supplied one assist, whilst he averaged 1.8 shots per game, via WhoScored.
This kind of experience at the top levels of the game could prove crucial as Gerrard’s side juggle both domestic and European competitions. Nabbing someone like Lingard, who earns £75,000-per-week, on a cut-price deal would be a shrewd bit of business.
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