The big Dominic Solanke dilemma for Rangers and Steven Gerrard
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Are Rangers right to shelve Solanke interest this week?

Dominic Solanke’s Rangers move has still yet to have progressed any, due to a lack of movement on the matter from Rangers.

The striker hasn’t played a single game for Liverpool this season. Despite Jurgen Klopp wanting to keep him in the summer, the goalposts appear to have changed ahead of a crucial January. It’s just as crucial for Solanke as it is Rangers.

He would, as we all know, add some genuine quality to Rangers’ title-charge. A loan-deal until the end of the season would suit all parties, and he could potentially go back to Liverpool as a title-winner. Helping Steven Gerrard also wouldn’t do him harm with many Liverpool fans.

Dominic Solanke (right) has only featured for the England Under-21s this season (Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Yet, ahead of what’s going to be a hectic week for the club, are they right to shelve their interest for now?

Priority number one and two involve beating both Hibs and Celtic. In what order that comes in depends on the context. Regardless, Rangers fans want six points, and full focus must go into the preparation for both.

Gerrard hasn’t touched on any transfer dealings over the last week or two now. All of his thoughts have been towards this crucial game on the 29th in particular. Celtic beat Rangers at Parkhead back in September, and Gerrard’s pride took a knock that day. He doesn’t want it to do so again.

Solanke interest has to be put to the side for now

For now, any interest in Solanke has been put to one side. Yet this could cost Rangers.

Huddersfield and Crystal Palace have reportedly entered the running for the striker. Having to fend off English Premier League opposition is difficult at the best of times, but Rangers have such a hectic week ahead that they’re not making much of a move to bring Solanke in.

They risk losing the player’s interest, if he does have any for the club. It could ultimately cost Rangers what would be their star-signing in January if they could pull it off.

Could Solanke be tempted by the English Premier League? (John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Despite that, however, the Ibrox side are still spot on in how they’re going about their business. If Rangers lose to Celtic, many will dismiss a title-race. In the best-case scenario, it’s going to be tricky for Rangers to turn things around.

Whilst it may seem like to some that the club are standing still, they’re actually just focusing on more important and pressing matters.

Fans simply won’t care if Rangers sign Solanke after losing to Celtic. The club have to understand that, and evidently are despite the growing interest in their number one transfer target.

Any move for Solanke will have to wait until after the 29th. And whether that tarnishes Rangers’ bid to get him or not, it remains the 100% right move by the club.

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