Reported Rangers target Lawrence Shankland has claimed that he would love a move to Rangers in the future.
The Ayr United hotshot has consistently been linked with an Ibrox move in recent months. This is mainly down to his blistering form in the Scottish Championship, where he’s bagged a sensational 28 goals in 25 appearances.
To put that run into perspective, that’s eight goals more than the on-fire Alfredo Morelos has this season.
Shankland was on the books at Rangers at an extremely young age. That was until his career took off at Queen’s Park before he really shot himself to fame this season.
And the striker has told Tam Cowan’s Off The Ball podcast that he would love to return to the club he supported as a boy.
“I hope so! I used to go and watch them when I was younger.
“It’s one of they ones. If it’s an option and you’re from Scotland it’s one you can’t easily turn down.”
Should Rangers take the gamble?
In terms of a gamble, this would be relatively low-risk. He’s still contracted to Ayr until the end of the season, meaning Rangers could pluck him for a low fee in January.
Given that Ibrox is a place close to Shankland’s heart, you have to imagine Rangers hold the aces against other potential suitors in January.
The big question Steven Gerrard has to ask, however, is if whether this move would be worth pushing ahead on. The club have been linked with the likes of Dominic Solanke, Tom Eaves, and Fran Sol. Solanke has been the number one target, however, and moving to Shankland would be a tad underwhelming.
Yet, at the same time, you simply cannot ignore that prolific goal-return from the Ayr man. He’s deadly in front of goal and would certainly score goals in the Premiership given how ruthless he’s been in the second-tier.
Everyone knew beforehand that Shankland was a Rangers fan. What nobody knew, however, was just how keen he was on a move to Glasgow.
Would this be worth a punt at this moment in time?