Rangers are reportedly on the lookout for a striker in January as Umar Sadiq flops and Alfredo Morelos looks like the only one really capable of scoring. The key word being banded about is quality.

With fans chomping at the bit for a title challenge, they’re demanding real ability and investment in January. None of that over-paid international mercenary nonsense. None of that no-mark domestic waffle who don’t have the ability or class to take back the league either.

It’s hard to get that balance and value for money. But sometimes the answers are right under your nose all along. A wise investment is a wise investment.

It’s not happened for Umar Sadiq at Ibrox as he looks set to be sent back to AS Roma. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Rangers reportedly desperate to fill the striking void at the club, Lawrence Shankland might prove to be just that.

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Goals, passion, cut-price – what more do you want?

If you can get a player who’ll be just, if not more effective from Scotland for a cheaper price, then it simply has to be a goer.

This could well be the case with Shankland. Rangers wouldn’t have to pay anywhere near as much in transfer fees or wages for the striker. He could end up being one of the best pieces of business we’ve done this decade.

It’s potentially low risk and high reward. We’ve already discussed the prospect of his signing plenty.

Former St. Mirren star Shankland has scored 21 in 19 for Championship leaders Ayr United this season. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

At only 23, the Glaswegian has already racked up 50 goals in 50 starts for Ayr United. He’s a goal scoring machine and still has some ways to go. What’s more, he’s a dyed-in-the-wool Bluenose.

Shankland would also be willing to play second, rather third fiddle to Morelos and Lafferty whilst he plies his trade. I’ve no doubt he could make the step-up in this Rangers team too.

Lawrence Shankland might not bring glamour, but the Ayr United frontman will bring goals.

And they’re the most valuable commodity of all in football.

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