As the mini transfer saga involving him coming to a close, we look at three outside alternatives to Dominic Solanke.
The Liverpool forward looks likely to seal a move to Crystal Palace next month. The lure of English Premier League football has proven just too powerful to turn down for the forward.
Rangers were one of a host of interested parties in the England under-21 international. It looks as though the club failed to make a formal offer, however, despite reports claiming last week that they were ready to.
Regardless, it’s time to move on and look at the alternatives to the Palace-bound forward. Here, we therefore take a look at three unlikely/outside options with the Solanke deal effectively dead.
This isn’t a signing many would feel is too outside the box, but it remains unlikely.
Oddly enough, however, Lawrence Shankland probably ticks all the boxes for Rangers. He holds the ball up well, is a phenomenal finisher, and has a goal-return second to none in the country.
The Ayr United forward has managed 28 goals in 26 appearances this season. One of those outings included a stunnng five-goal show at Tannadice against Dundee United.
What could put Rangers off here is the fact that Ian McCall wants him to return on loan in any potential deal for him. With Rangers desperate for a third striker to come straight in and challenge, they won’t want to let anyone come in and leave again.
For that reason, this is highly unlikely to go ahead. That is unless the club have someone else up their sleeves too.
This is a youngster just waiting for a club to take a chance on him.
Brewster is a part of the Liverpool youth set-up, and plays in the under-23s at Merseyside. After signing a new five-year deal in the summer, it’s clear how highly-rated he is at the Kop.
He’s had first-team experience with Liverpool in friendly matches. He bagged a hat-trick against Accrington Stanley in 2016, and has featured on the bench for the club in the Premier League.
Brewster also finished as the top goalscorer at the Under-17s World Cup with England back in 2017 – a competition his country would win.
Rangers may be put off by his recent injury problems, of course. Despite being just 18 years of age, Brewster had to undergo two operations in recent times regarding ligament and knee damage – the second of which came back in March.
Regardless, he’s still a huge talent, and Rangers could do a lot worse than take a chance on him on loan. Just look at Ryan Kent.
This is perhaps the most unlikely deal of the three, as it would be difficult to get done.
Russell has claimed that he’s homesick in the USA, and a move back home to Scotland could therefore tempt him.
He’s a well-known Celtic fan, but he’s also a proper striker. Despite his problems in the USA this season, he’s still managed 10 goals. The former Dundee United man also reached the Western Conference final this season too.
His value isn’t known, but he’s loved in Kansas and has a contract until December 2020. That alone make this deal an extremely tough one to push over the line.
Russell has had a glittering career in the UK, however. The striker scored just under 50 goals at Dundee United before lighting up Derby County for five years.
He isn’t an out-and-out goalscorer, but his build-up play is impressive. He has quick feet, an ability to link-up play, and is a general pest as well as a goal threat.
Finances, however, and perhaps even club allegiance, could put an end to any hopes of this one.