In Focus: Following Celtic’s signing model could be great for Rangers

As reported by The Sun, Rangers are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion prospect Tyler Roberts.

What’s the story?

With Graeme Murty finally taking charge of the club until the end of the season at least, he now has room to manoeuvre in the January transfer window, having a say in what kind of players will arrive at Ibrox.

One player said to be interesting the Rangers boss is West Bromwich Albion talent Tyler Roberts, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

That’s according to The Sun, who say Murty is keen to adding to his attacking options as they look to keep pace with Celtic and overhaul Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership table.

The paper reckon that if he ends up leaving the Baggies, he would cost just a £300,000 compensation fee, with Rangers also hoping to take him north of the border on loan in January.

Who is he?

Still just 18 years of age, Roberts already has over 50 professional appearances to his name after loan spells at League One sides Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town and currently Walsall.

This season he’s scored five goals in 15 league appearances for the Saddlers, also contributing four assists. That’s a fair record for a player so young and a potential that could be further enhanced with regular football at Ibrox.

With Kenny Miller injured, Eduardo Herrera flopping and Josh Windass not a natural striker, the Light Blues are lacking options and landing Roberts could give the squad a big boost.

It would also follow a similar signing model Celtic have employed in recent years, taking players like Moussa Dembele north of the border on compensation deals, only to see value rise to be sold on for a profit later on.

Is that the path forward the Ibrox need to take to close the gap on their city rivals?