Rangers need temporary solution to Ibrox problem amid Aston Villa links
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Rangers need temporary solution to Ibrox problem amid Aston Villa links

A lack of striker options has Rangers fans nervous ahead of the Champions League qualifiers but amid links to the likes of Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer, should a loan solution be sought?

The Gers have three solid striker options in Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Antonio Colak but two of the three remain on the sidelines with all the pressure on our incoming Croatian international.

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Only just in through the door from PAOK, Rangers’ £40m Champions League group stage ambitions could rest on how quickly Colak settles into the Ibrox side.

But despite a positive update from Giovanni van Bronckhorst regarding Morelos, do Rangers need more cover up front at least until the January transfer window?

According to the Dutchman, Morelos is weeks away from returning rather than months but having not played a competitive game since the turn of the year, there are doubts about how quickly the striker can get up to speed.

Kemar Roofe’s prognosis is even worse, with Four Lads Had a Dream previously suggesting the forward will be out until September at the earliest.

Between the Champions League qualifiers and the Scottish Premiership season kicking off, the games are going to come thick and fast and it’s understandably daunting that we will go into this period with one recognised striker.

Even in providing that update about Morelos, there was a sense of frustration in the voice of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Bayern loanee Malik Tillman can play in a more advanced forward role, even if he sees himself as an advanced midfielder, and will maybe be forced to play up top in some games at the beginning of the season.

But Antonio Colak is set for a baptism in fire in the coming weeks and beyond just needing to deliver in a vital role on the pitch, the sheer volume of games could also become an issue.

If Rangers go into this period without ample back-up and the situation backfires, there will be hell to pay in the support.

It then serves to be logical that Rangers might explore the loan market and look to bring someone in until at least January at least to provide cover as Morelos and Roofe return to fitness.

Options could include Aston Villa talent Cameron Archer, who was extensively linked earlier in the transfer window.

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Preston North End’s Cameron Archer battles to keep the ball in play during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Preston North End at Oakwell Stadium on April 30, 2022 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The England U21 international is hot property with a number of Championship clubs interested and Steven Gerrard’s side yet to make a decision on his future this summer, but it’s the kind of move that could boost our chances.

Even if the striker is now no longer an option, surely Rangers can source another forward can come in and bolster our forward line until at least the January window.

Rangers are risking a lot by going into these qualifiers with only Antonio Colak and the club must surely be exploring the possibility of another striker coming into the club in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is reportedly set to add a new addition to the club’s first-team backroom staff by raiding the prestigious City Group.

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