As the January Transfer Window looms, rumours are rife about potential new arrivals at Ibrox.
Several weeks ago, Steven Gerrard confirmed that the club would be looking to acquire a new striker to take the goalscoring burden off Alfredo Morelos.
Various names have been thrown about, including Lawrence Shankland, Tom Eaves and Dominic Solanke.
However, although Rangers are chasing silverware, they can’t lose sight of the long-term.
If they bring in a forward on a permanent deal next month, they will have three contracted strikers. Morelos, Lafferty and the new arrival.
That scenario would leave little room for emerging home grown talent. Ryan Hardie and Zak Rudden are currently impressing on loan at Livingston and Falkirk, respectively.
Andy Dallas is also banging the goals in for the Rangers Reserves who sit atop their league.
What sort of message would that send to those players?
Hardie is only 21, but is currently on his fifth loan spell away from the club. Surely sooner or later something has to give. He can’t be expected to ply his trade elsewhere for much longer before being given an opportunity.
That’s why a loan deal would be a more sustainable option. Firstly, it’s cheaper. Gerrard clearly likes playing one up top, so the new arrival is unlikely to start every game.
What Rangers really need in this window is someone who can effectively plug a gap in the short term, without having a knock-on effect on the club’s prized academy products.
Harming their prospects for potential short-term gains, would send the wrong message to home grown talent looking to make it big at Ibrox.