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Rangers: Beale could form dream duo with Colak and Shankland

Glasgow Rangers have enjoyed a resurgence under Michael Beale recently, failing to win just one game, an Old Firm clash against Celtic which finished 2-2 and the signs are looking positive for the rest of the campaign.

With the transfer window in full swing, Beale has yet to add any signings to the first-team squad, youngster Alex Kpakpe joins the B side on a short-term deal and the onus will be to add one or two fresh faces to give the side a boost heading into the next few months.

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson reckons Beale will have his eyes on Lawrence Shankland this month, and with the side depending on Antonio Colak for goals so far this term, it could be a wise move.

Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show (via the Daily Record) Ferguson discussed the striker:

“I think he’s been a brilliant signing for Hearts. He’s one that I’m sure Rangers will be keeping an eye on because goalscorers are hard to find. If [Alfredo] Morelos does go, you’ve got [Antonio] Colak and [Kemar] Roofe. Roofe for me is a really good player but there are injury concerns, so you need another striker.”

Imagine him and Colak

The Croatian hitman was arguably the club’s finest signing in the summer window, netting 14 goals across all competitions, however, Beale should be eyeing another striker to share the goalscoring burden as Alfredo Morelos has just five goals all season and Fashion Sakala, despite a mini resurgence under Beale, has scored only four goals.

Indeed, Shankland could be an excellent signing. He has scored 15 Premiership goals this term which is one every 101 minutes and this strike rate could give the Light Blues a lot more goals in their side that’s for sure.

Beale has tweaked the tactics slightly since joining, sometimes operating with a 4-3-1-2 which allows him to utilise two strikers and this could be perfect for Colak and Shankland.

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The Croatian is a more out-and-out striker, a penalty box predator who pounces on mistakes and is excellent in the air, while the Shankland tends to play slightly deeper and link up play quite well, meaning he could work in tandem with Colak to devasting effect.

The £3k-per-week Hearts star was dubbed “a natural in front of the posts” by Paul Forsyth and his ability would allow him to shine at the Ibrox side, especially given the uncertainty surrounding Morelos and the often-injured Roofe struggling to maintain fitness.