Solanke should be on Gerrard’s radar if Lafferty pursuit comes to nothing for Rangers

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard should turn to his former club Liverpool to discuss a loan move for Dominic Solanke following reports from The Belfast Telegraph that a second bid for Hearts ace Kyle Lafferty has been rejected.

What’s the word?

With the transfer window in Scotland still in effect, Gerrard is able to continue shaping his squad for the season.

So far, the ex-Liverpool captain has picked up four points from a possible six in the Scottish Premiership.

By all accounts, the retired midfielder is keen to get Lafferty through the welcome gates, but according to The Belfast Telegraph, after rejecting a £200,000 offer, Hearts have also turned down a player-plus-cash bid involving Lee Wallace.

If Hearts’ stubbornness does not dissipate, then Rangers need to look at other targets, and Gerrard should turn close to home.

Why Solanke?

The 20-year-old has not had the best luck at Liverpool, and it is very unlikely that he will get much game time this season.

Jurgen Klopp has a stunning forward line, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane providing most of the goals.

Solanke – valued at £9m by Transfermarkt – has had to settle for just five Premier League starts, but he has come off the bench in a further 16.

With the opportunity of regular first-team minutes on offer at Rangers, the striker could prove his ability.

Gerrard will already be well aware of Solanke’s qualities and could potentially get the best out of him during a season-long loan where he could partner Alfredo Morelos in attack.