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Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst can find deadly partner for Joe Aribo

Gio van Bronckhorst was forced to spend the last couple of months of the 2021/22 campaign without Rangers talisman Alfredo Morelos.

The centre-forward suffered a thigh injury at the start of April and missed out on the clutch run-in for the Premiership, Europa League and Scottish Cup.

Rangers ended up winning the domestic cup and that was the only trophy that they were able to bring in as they finished second in the Scottish top-flight and lost on penalties in their European final.

An injury to Kemar Roofe meant that the Gers also spent a number of games without a natural striker as Joe Aribo lined up in a false nine role.

These issues may cause the club to dip into the market this summer to bring a new centre-forward to Ibrox in order to avoid a repeat in 2022/23.

Do Rangers need another striker?

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Colombian striker Mateo Cassierra is one player the Light Blues have been tipped to have an interest in and he could be an excellent addition to the squad to compete with Morelos and Roofe.

Russian outlet Sport 24, via the Scotsman, recently quoted commentator Roman Naguchev as saying: “Mateo Cassierra is very interesting to the club. Rangers management has already been in contact with Sochi.

“Van Bronckhorst is very familiar with this player.”

Imagine him & Aribo

The Rangers head coach can form a deadly duo through the middle of the pitch by signing Cassierra to pair him with Aribo.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

What nationality does Mateusz Zukowski represent?

Since joining FC Sochi, the South American has scored a whopping 14 goals and provided four assists in 22 appearances and averaged a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.29. This comes after he scored ten goals in 23 starts in the Portuguese top-flight in 2020/21 for Belenenses, with journalist Tomás da Cunha once hailing him as “complete” during his time there.

He has proven that he can score goals on a regular basis and he still has the potential to improve at the age of 25. His SofaScore rating shows that he is producing all-round displays that will make him a great option for van Bronckhorst to call upon, as he is delivering week-in-week-out for Sochi.

Aribo, meanwhile, managed eight goals and five assists in the Premiership from midfield. He created nine ‘big chances’ and provided 1.8 key passes per game across 34 matches and this suggests that he deserved more assists for his creative efforts.

By bringing Cassierra in, van Bronckhorst can find a player who is capable of finishing off the opportunities that the Nigeria international creates. The Sochi gem has showcased his goalscoring talents and now it is time for Rangers to snap him up in order to create a deadly link-up between him and Aribo.

AND in other news, Rangers can land dream Kent heir in deal for £1.5m “asset” who can “affect the game”…

Article title: Rangers: Giovanni van Bronckhorst can find deadly partner for Joe Aribo

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