Bringing Nottingham Forest striker to Rangers would be a big risk
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Bringing Nottingham Forest striker to Rangers would be a big risk

Over the weekend, Football Insider claimed that Rangers are interested in bringing Karim Ansarifard to Ibrox.
The report suggested that with Alfredo Morelos’ future uncertain, Gerrard could turn to the Iranian international to bolster his side in attacking areas.

Ansarfiard competed in the 2019 Asian Cup with Iran.  (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

However, that would mean taking a considerable risk.

The forward is valued at £3.6 million by Transfermarkt. That’s more than Rangers forked out on any other single player last summer.
There’s little chance of getting him in on the cheap either, considering he’s contracted until 2020 [Transfermarkt].

Therefore, unlike with the deals for Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie, there would be a considerable financial outlay involved.
If you are in the market for a proven performer, that’s to be expected. However, a look at Ansarifard’s career stats tells you he’s rarely been prolific.

He started his senior career with Saipa in his homeland. However, despite being branded as one of the brightest young prospects in the world by the time he departed in 2012, he managed less than a goal every other game across a five-year stint.

Olympiacos season the standout

Since then, there have spells at six different clubs. His most successful, by far, was with Olympiacos. He netted 17 times in 25 Greek Super League matches.

The striker made quite an impression during a short stint in Greece. (Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

However, he didn’t produce consistently elsewhere. At CD Osasuna, for example, he failed to score in 16 appearances in the Spanish second division.
Work permit complications and international commitments made things difficult after moving to Forest in 2018. Therefore, he hasn’t got much of an opportunity to prove himself in British football as yet.

At 29, it’s not as if we’re talking about an up and coming young talent, either. If he stayed at Ibrox for any length of time, this isn’t the kind of player the Gers would be likely to make a profit on.
Ansarifard is clearly a talented operator. You’d don’t win over 70 caps for your country without a lot of ability.

Ansarifard nets one of his two goals for Forest since joining in November. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Yet, he would be a relatively expensive acquisition and is far from proven in British football.

Swooping for him would constitute a leap of faith for Steven Gerrard. It’s a long summer window and lower risk options may become available if patience is applied.
Meanwhile, here’s a roundup of all the players reportedly interesting Rangers right now.