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Rangers can use academy duo to land striker target

An update has emerged involving Rangers and their attempts to bring a young striker to Ibrox in the upcoming summer transfer window… 

What’s the talk?

According to the Daily Record, there is strong interest in Gers academy duo Kai Kennedy and James Maxwell, with prospective suitors looking to snap up both players on loan next season.

The report claims that the Light Blues may use Partick Thistle’s interest in the pair to secure a deal to sign Cameron Cooper from Firhill. Rangers want to bring the striker to Ibrox and are working on a compensation agreement with the Championship club, which could now include Kennedy and Maxwell.

It is claimed that the Ibrox giants want to improve the quality of their youth teams, and the centre-forward is among a number of players in their sights.

Imagine him & Tony Weston

By sealing a deal to sign the Thistle hitman, Rangers can form a deadly duo for the future by pairing Cooper with Weston in the Light Blues’ B team.

The current Gers gem scored five goals in nine cup matches for the youth team in 2021/22 and ended the campaign with 21 goals in the Lowland League, placing him second in the top scorer charts.

He was also rewarded for his form with a first-team appearance against Hearts in the Premiership last month, which indicates that Gio van Bronckhorst sees him as a senior player further down the line. Therefore, the Ibrox gem has the potential to be an asset for the club in the years to come, and he could develop alongside Cooper in the youth teams for the foreseeable future.

Cooper is reportedly highly-rated ‘up and down the country’ and he has clearly done enough to convince Rangers that he is a player who can come in and be one that they look to bring through in the future.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

What nationality does Mateusz Zukowski represent?

His statistics at youth level for Partick Thistle are unavailable but the 16-year-old is a Scotland under-17 international and has scored one goal in three games. This shows that he has also caught the eye for his country and has been rewarded with caps at youth level, which means that he is impressing domestically and internationally.

Therefore, by having Weston and Cooper in the B team, Rangers can form a deadly strike partnership for the club to develop over time. Van Bronckhorst can keep a watchful eye over their progress and bring them through to the senior team if and when they are ready.

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