Pundit Kris Boyd has questioned why on earth Rangers didn’t go and sign Lawrence Shankland to bolster Michael Beale’s attack.

No Rangers fans need us to mention today’s scoreline but we can’t escape it; the Gers lost 1-0 at home to Celtic.

Kyogo Furuhashi’s goal won it for the visitors, leaving Beale under enormous pressure.

Out of the Champions League and now having lost the first Old Firm derby of the season, Beale has already lost a large part of the fanbase.

The big concern is that for all his summer spending, Beale hasn’t got his attacking players to click yet.

Millions were spent on Cyriel Dessers, Danilo and Sam Lammers but none of them have hit the ground running.

Abdallah Sima came in on loan too and we can’t imagine that Brighton have let him move to Ibrox for nothing.

Good money has been spent and yet Rangers still looked toothless against a Celtic defence which wasn’t even at full strength.

Kris Boyd thinks Rangers should have signed Lawrence Shankland

Maybe one issue is that Rangers landed four attackers who have never played in Scotland or even British football.

There is a real adjustment and they are all going through it at the same time.

Rangers should maybe have thought about signing a striker with a proven record in Scotland – and that’s exactly why Kris Boyd thinks.

Boyd has been quoted by the Daily Record as saying that Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland should have been the man for Rangers.

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Boyd pointed to have much Rangers have spent, believing that the money would have been better used on Shankland.

The former Rangers hitman believes that Shankland is exactly the kind of player Beale needed to ‘take care’ of most Scottish clubs.

Shankland smashed 24 league goals for Hearts last season and has previously admitted that he is a boyhood Rangers fan.

The 28-year-old wouldn’t have been cheap but Boyd feels that Rangers should have signed Shankland and one more striker rather than bring in four new faces in the final third.

“For the money that’s been spent, why don’t you go and get a Lawrence Shankland, who knows the league, who scores goals?” said Boyd. “You can then say to yourselves the pressure’s on to find one out and out No. 9 that can lead the line in the big games. You know he’s gonna take care of the rest,” he added.

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