The Belfast Telegraph reports that Rangers are in talks with Josh Magennis.

The Bolton striker has a year left on his current deal, but it’s said that due to his club’s financial difficulties, he could be allowed to leave either for free, or on the cheap.

Magennis in action for Bolton against Middlesborough in April. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

He failed to make much of an impact in the Championship last season, having signed from Charlton Athletic. The targetman found the net just four times in 42 appearances, notching one assist [WhoScored].

However, Magennis has enjoyed some excellent form for Northern Ireland of late.

Remarkably, he’s come off the bench to score the winner in their last two Euro 2020 Qualifiers. Firstly, in the 2-1 victory over Belarus in Belfast, and then on Saturday in a comeback in Estonia. That most recent winner was set up by a moment of magic from Jordan Jones.

He has plenty of experience in the SPL, having played for Aberdeen, St Mirren, and Kilmarnock.

The Northern Irishman turned out for Aberdeen between 2010 and 2014. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Verdict

Considering Magennis is in ‘limbo’ at club level, his recent international exploits are bound to have interested several clubs.

 

Used mainly as a substitute, he has now accumulated over 40 international caps, which isn’t to be sniffed at.

Yet, while the 28-year-old is powerful and works hard, he’s limited technically.

Magennis is used as an impact player when on international duty. (photo by Graham Service/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He actually started his football career as a goalkeeper and his returns for Bolton last season show he’s far from prolific.

Steven Gerrard talked before the window about adding quality in the final third [Evening Times]. Someone like Magennis simply isn’t the calibre of player Rangers should be targeting if they want to win SPL titles.

We’d be surprised if there’s genuine interest here.

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