Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is daring to dream at Ibrox this summer ahead of a Champions League rally and has previously spoken about taking his squad up a level in the transfer market.
After the Gers secured 55 the Ibrox gaffer has been clear that he will not be resting on his laurels as he talked up the club’s transfer plans heading into the summer.
But could his previous comments about “fine-tuning” and “progressing” lead him back to former club Liverpool after a mercurial forward is apparently told he can leave Anfield?
Firstly, here’s what Gerrard had to say about the club’s summer transfer plans.
“Let’s hope so [Rangers reaching Champions League group stages],” said Gerrard [BT Sport].
“It’s obviously been the dream since day one and I’d love nothing better than to try and deliver that for the supporters.
“What’s important is there will be private conversations. Recruitment never stops here, we all understand that football is all about levels and to keep progressing and moving forward you have to keep fine-tuning and adding.
“Everyone’s on the same page, top to bottom. Everyone is sharing the dream, everyone wants to continue to add to the success.
“Everyone is hungry to keep improving things here, that is the message that everyone needs to hear.”
That’s every suggestion the Gers are casting their net out to secure quality heading into next season and quality is certainly what you’d get with Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Swiss international has reportedly been told he is free to leave Merseyside [Daily Mail] and his status already has more than a few clubs linked in the press.
There is absolutely no official mention of Rangers and those FI reports even suggest that Liverpool at one point wanted £23m for the player who’s contracted to Anfield until 2023.
His reported £80k per week wages also present a stumbling block and Shaqiri, 29, wouldn’t exactly present much of a resell value.
Financial losses incurred by the coronavirus pandemic may well also force Liverpool to sell instead of consider a loan but it all depends on other clubs stumping up for the ex-Bayern, Inter and Stoke star.
Should interest in the player wane and a prospective loan deal be of interest to the Anfield side, is this the level of player Rangers should be signing to take the next step in the Champions League?
There are a lot of moving parts and again we’d reiterate there’s no official link but this calibre of player certainly represents aspects of that “dream” Steven Gerrard was talking about.
Rangers have heady ambitions as a football club and moves such as this would mirror the transfer activity of one club regularly mooted as the prime example of the model the Gers wish to follow.