With an important Betfred Cup semi against Aberdeen looming, the only recognised first team striker available isn’t good enough according to Steven Gerrard. With that in mind, does a January move for Dominic Solanke beckon?

If there’s one area where Rangers are light at the minute, it’s up top.

Solanke’s protracted loan move ended in no move at all at the end of the transfer window. Gerrard took Umar Sadiq on-loan from Roma instead. With Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty propping up the attack, it looked like Rangers had enough depth to compete on multiple fronts.

Dominic Solanke is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool this season. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

But with Sadiq seemingly surplus to requirements, Rangers need to fill that void in January. At the time of writing Solanke is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool this season, and it could be the perfect move for all parties.

An exciting prospect for Rangers fans

If Rangers can secure his signature – which I genuinely believe is not outwith the realms of possibility – fans can be very excited.

Solanke is only 21 and touted as a big England prospect. More than that, he is also familiar with Ryan Kent, Ovie Ejaria and Steven Gerrard.

If Rangers can also offer Solanke a chance in the Europa League after Christmas, it is a move which could benefit both sides.

Umar Sadiq’s loan hasn’t worked out as planned. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Versatile Solanke can play anywhere across the forward line and would offer genuine quality. He could also play a key role in any title push.

It’s clear that Rangers really need more strength in depth up front.  A January move for Dominic Solanke would provide that and more.

The Gers might need to rely on a youth prospect to lead the line in the crunch semi-final with Aberdeen.