Rangers boss Michael Beale has made a winning start to life in the dugout at Ibrox, with the Englishman having claimed six points from his opening two Scottish Premiership games, after seeing off both Hibernian and Aberdeen in dramatic fashion over the past week.
Despite those successive victories – which have seen the Ibrox outfit score six goals in total – the 42-year-old will likely still be plotting ways to strengthen his ranks ahead of the January transfer window.
With former talisman Alfredo Morelos still yet to commit his future to the club – who only six months left to run on his deal – a new centre-forward addition may well emerge as something of a priority next month, as the Light Blues seek to close the gap on league leaders, Celtic.
One potential option that has been mooted is Sunderland ace, Ross Stewart, with Football Insider having reported earlier this week that the Scotland international is a target for the Gers, albeit with any deal likely to cost in the region of £10m.
This follows previous claims that suggested the Glasgow side – and their bitter rivals across the city – are ‘waiting in the wings‘ should the Black Cats allow their prize asset to depart in 2023, with the 26-year-old also having just six months on his current contract, albeit with the option of a 12-month extension.
The addition of the former Ross County man – who was also a reported target for former boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst over the summer – would certainly help to bolster Beale’s firepower, with the 6 foot 2 gem having scored 35 goals in just 73 games during his time in England to date.
The hope would be that the “unbelievable” marksman – as described by teammate Alex Pritchard – could form a potent attacking partnership with Rangers playmaker, Malik Tillman, with the USA international currently delivering the goods in his free role behind the striker.
The on-loan Bayern Munich man – whom Beale has previously suggested he is keen to sign permanently – has showcased the full array of his talents since the return to action after the World Cup break, having registered two assists in the comeback triumph over Hibs.
That 3-2 victory saw the 20-year-old register four key passes a sign of his ability to make things happen in the final third, having notably played his part in Morelos’ winning goal after laying the ball on a plate to his Colombian teammate following some fancy footwork inside the area.
That quality was also evident on Tuesday evening as Tillman again proved integral in the win at Pittodrie, brilliantly beating his man down the right flank before delivering a dinked cross into the penalty area that eventually found its way to matchwinner Scott Arfield, who duly sealed the points at the death.
Such a prolific figure like Stewart – who has “got everything” according to Pritchard – would surely thrive off that type of elite service, with Rangers potentially having a fearsome duo in the making if the Scotsman can be plucked from the Stadium of Light.