Zenit St. Petersburg forward Artem Dzyuba will be best known amongst Rangers fans for his exploits with Russia – most recently against Scotland.

The powerful, 6ft5 striker is the nation’s captain and lead the line perfectly to net a double in a 4-0 win to make it four defeats on the bounce for Steve Clarke’s side.

But with his contract expiring at the Gazprom Arena this summer, could Steven Gerrard have one eye on the former Spartak Moscow player’s situation?

Artem Dzyuba put Scotland to the sword. (Photo by Joosep Martinson – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Dzyuba, now 31, has never played outside of Russia and may well be considering his options going into the final year of his deal.

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With 40 caps and 24 goals for the Soviet nation, and 61 in just over 150 games for Zenit, he’s a proven goalscorer at a very high level.

His combative physical direct style is not only complimented by the fact Dzyuba can actually play (“he’s got a good touch for a big man” as they say), the towering forward would also offer something different to Rangers.

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Not only that, but on paper, he appears perfectly suited to the rough and tumble of the Scottish game.

Should Dzyuba become available it’s very likely that there would be a considerable list of suitors from across Europe vying for his services, not least the likes of Inter Milan.

His not inconsiderable wages could also be a stumbling block and Rangers would generally not be able to compete in that financial marketplace.

Dzyuba’s contract at Zenit is set to expire in the summer. He is valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt. (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But Ibrox offers something different, and with the pull of Steven Gerrard, anything (within reason) seems possible for Rangers.

Should the club at least be looking at Artem Dzyuba with his contract expiring?

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