Over the last few years Rangers haven’t exactly had a problem with goals, with the Ibrox club rattling the back of the net on a regular basis under the stewardship of Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his predecessor Steven Gerrard.
Last term, the Gers scored 92 times in the Scottish top-flight, a record that happened to be 14 more goals than their fierce Old Firm rivals.
They are tracking five behind Celtic this season but there is a belief that they still have the firepower to win the title for a successive season.
After all, they have Alfredo Morelos in their team, the ‘jungle cat‘ who has been terrorising Premiership defences for years now.
However, the Colombian continues to be linked with a move away and it feels inevitable that in the not too distant future, the Glaswegian club may decide to mutually part ways.
Should that happen, then Rangers will need to identify an urgent replacement for their current star striker.
Yet, they may have already had their ideal successor right in front of their very eyes if a piece of transfer business had gone according to plan back in 2020.
The player in question is Brentford’s Ivan Toney, a forward who caught the interest of both Old Firm clubs 18 or so months ago.
The 25-year-old admitted himself that the Gers were an option, telling talkSPORT: “Like you said, I was going to sign for Celtic – but I was also going to sign for Rangers.”
It was a piece of news that left Ally McCoist stunned, as he exclaimed the following in response: “Oh, you’ve killed me! I didn’t know that, man!”
Indeed, that reaction is never more apt right now as Toney’s value is skyrocketing in England following a £6.5m move to Brentford in the same summer. He has since been linked with pastures new again after starring at the top level in the Premier League, with some reports suggesting he could cost in the region of £50m.
It’s safe to say the Bees frontman is living up to the hype, with Peterborough director, Barry Fry, telling Football FanCast last year: “He’s so humble, he just wants to improve all the time and play and whether it’s with Brentford or anybody else, Ivan will go to the top and be an international player there’s no question about that. He was Golden Boot winner in League One, he’s Golden Boot winner in the Championship, he’ll be Golden Boot winner in the Premier League one day, no doubt about that at all in my mind.”
Toney isn’t quite at the level to win a Golden Boot just yet but with 11 top-flight goals to his name throughout the current campaign, he is the league’s joint-fifth top scorer.
That’s certainly an eye-catching statistic but so is the 33 goals he scored last term, a tally that will no doubt be leaving a sense of regret amongst the Rangers recruitment team.
If he could do that at Championship level then it’s safe to say the England hopeful will have been able to record similar numbers in the Scottish Premiership.
Now heading towards his peak years, the Gers would have had a player in their ranks who could help them dominate the SPFL for a good few years.
Of course, they did win the title last season but such is Toney’s surepme consistency that they’d surely be racing away with things in 2021/22 as well.
He is certainly one that got away for Ross Wilson and co.