Rangers need to get a move on if they want to sign striker Peter Ratkov with Major League Soccer clubs plotting their moves.

Kieran Dowell is on board as Rangers’ first summer signing and we’re expecting deals for Dujon Sterling and Jose Cifuentes to follow.

Michael Beale can’t be done there with a number of other signings needed – including up front.

Alfredo Morelos said goodbye to Ibrox on Wednesday night and Antonio Colak may be leaving too.

When you factor in Kemar Roofe’s repeated injury problems, it’s clear that Rangers need at least two strikers this summer.

One name reportedly in the mix for Rangers is Petar Ratkov, who currently plays for TSC Backa Topola in Serbia.

The 19-year-old is a giant striker at 6ft 4in tall and has smashed 14 goals and five assists in 39 games this season.

Ratkov is on Rangers’ wish list according to claims from Football Insider back in February.

Yet if Rangers are set on bringing the teenager to Ibrox, they need to make their move very quickly.

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Rangers risk missing out on Petar Ratkov

MLS insider Tom Bogert has now taken to Twitter to claim that Ratkov is a man in demand over in the United States.

Bogert firstly denied rumours that Real Salt Lake have offered $3.8million (£3.3million) for Ratkov.

However, Bogert claims multiple MLS clubs are interested in signing Ratkov, including FC Cincinnati.

They had an offer for Ratkov rejected in April and may well return with a new move for the Serbian.

The situation is clear – if Rangers don’t make their move for Ratkov soon, they may end up seeing him move Stateside.

Such a move would open up the possibility of Ratkov shining in MLS and ultimately being out of Rangers’ reach for years to come.

That’s a real concern after allegedly missing out on talents like Terem Moffi, Danilho Doekhi and Joey Veerman in recent years, all of whom are now out of Rangers’ range.

Ratkov is still a raw talent but Rangers need to be on red alert with MLS clubs now lurking with intent.

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