Rangers look unlikely to move for Joel Nouble but Livingston boss David Martindale claims there is major interest in him.

The Gers have surely completed all of the required attacking business for the summer.

Four new attackers – Sam Lammers, Abdallah Sima, Cyriel Dessers and Danilo – have arrived with Rangers splashing the cash.

Maybe another winger will arrive to replace Ryan Kent but we’re not expecting to see another striker arrive this summer.

If there was any doubt at all about Rangers moving for Livingston striker Joel Nouble, then it can surely be ruled out now.

Livingston boss David Martindale seemed to be driving this one, suggesting in April that he would love to see his own striker Nouble join Rangers.

That seemed a little strange at the time but Martindale talked up the idea of Nouble joining Rangers or Celtic, believing he had that kind of talent.

We never really bought into that idea; Nouble is a handful given his huge frame at 6ft 4in tall and he’s certainly caused problems in the Scottish Premiership.

Nouble is 27 already and has spent most of his career in non-league football down in England.

Nouble has also scored just nine goals for Livingston, so for all of his attributes, Rangers are simply shopping in a different market; not for 1-in-6 Livingston strikers, with all due respect.

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Nouble may still land a move away even if it isn’t Rangers with Martindale again talking up a potential transfer.

Martindale has told Football Scotland that he has now received a ‘ridiculous’ amount of calls for Nouble’s signature.

“It’s not official offers although I’ve had from third parties, ‘would you accept this? There is interest but the sums involved are not floating my boat, let’s put it that way. There are a couple of English clubs and foreign clubs,” said Martindale. “How it’s worked with me of late, you don’t get a call from a club, it’s an intermediary asking, ‘would you?’ And if that answer is yes then the club makes contact with you.”

“I don’t really keep Joel informed, because it could be noise. The amount of phone calls I’ve had for Joel is incredible but the amount of direct interest from a potential purchasing club is very low. If I was to sit him down I would be playing with his head and I’ve been in this game long enough, I know how it works. You treat it with a pinch of salt,” he added.

The Livingston boss sounds like somebody who would happily let Nouble walk for a decent fee but we’re confident that there will be no such offer from Rangers – despite Martindale’s suggestions.

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