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Rangers: Whittaker can be Beale’s own Mahrez

Glasgow Rangers look set to have a busy last few days of the January transfer window, with manager Michael Beale keen on adding a few quality players to his squad and potentially getting rid of some deadwood in the process.

Todd Cantwell appears to be close to joining subject to a medical, while despite the Ibrox outfit having a bid rejected for Swansea City winger Morgan Whittaker, there is enough time to wrap up a move, with the Welsh side valuing him at £2m.

The right flank has been a problem area for Rangers this season, with Scott Arfield, Scott Wright, Rabbi Matondo, and Fashion Sakala all featuring there at some point or another without anyone performing successfully enough to secure a regular berth.

Whittaker has spent the first half of the season on loan at League One side Plymouth and has impressed following some wonderful performances. He has achieved a Sofascore rating of 7.10 while chipping in with nine goals and seven assists, clearly demonstrating his attacking abilities.

Talent scout Jacek Kulig described him as a “flamboyant winger” and also compared him to Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez, so Beale could unearth his own £60m gem by signing Whittaker this month.

Both players know where the back of the net is, scoring nine and ten goals respectively this season, while WhoScored states that Mahrez and Whittaker both excel at finishing and playing through balls and they also share a similar style of play as they like to cut inside from the wing.

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It could be a shrewd investment for Beale if he manages to agree on a fee with Swansea for the 22-year-old and it could certainly give Rangers a different dynamic going forward.

If he can replicate his form in League One to the Premiership should he make the move to Glasgow, Beale might just have a regular starter on the right wing and the consistency could allow for a much more settled starting XI as the club head into a crucial few months ahead.