An update has emerged on Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet, regarding Rangers’ interest in his services.
Journalist Hugh MacDonald has revealed that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was keen on signing Hibernian centre-forward Kevin Nisbet in the summer transfer window.
MacDonald has said that he does not know why the move did not get over the line, but has confirmed that there was an interest from Gers in the Scotland international.
“I know he was keen on bringing in quality.
“He was keen on bringing in a striker, I know he was keen on Nisbet, and for whatever reason, he couldn’t that over the line.”
Rangers chief Ross Wilson must secure a January deal for Nisbet after failing to sign him for Gerrard in the summer window. Fans would love it if the club moved for the striker in the winter market as he could be an excellent addition to the side.
Nisbet could improve Rangers’ striking options and add some extra firepower to Gerrard’s squad, whilst also allowing for more rotation in selection across the front three. Alfredo Morelos scored 12 goals in 29 Premiership matches last term, with Kemar Roofe’s 14 the most by any Gers player in the league.
This suggests that there could be room for a player to come in and be a consistent goalscorer in the Rangers side, with a number of players currently sharing the load. Former Rangers man Ian Durrant once hailed Nisbet as a ‘natural goalscorer’ when speaking about what he can offer Scotland at international level. He said:
“He’s gone to Hibs and had an absolutely superb season in terms of scoring goals.
“This is what Scotland have been crying out for for years – a natural goalscorer.
“Nisbet seems to have hit a rich vein of form at the right time, and he’s a good goalscorer.”
Nisbet produced 18 goals and eight assists for Hibs in all competitions last season, including 14 goals and four assists in the Scottish Premiership. This was in a Hibs team that only scored 48 times in the league, compared to Rangers’ tally of 92.
Therefore, he could thrive with better service around him and improve on his 14 Premiership goals over the course of a campaign playing at Ibrox. He has shown that he can score regularly in a side that is not free-scoring, which suggests that his numbers could skyrocket if placed in a team creating chances on a regular basis.
This is why Rangers fans would be delighted to see him arrive at the club in January. He could add to their goalscoring threat in the short-term as competition for Morelos and Roofe, with the long-term goal of being the go-to starting number nine.