A Daily Record report has suggested that Rangers may still retain an interest in signing prolific Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland.
On the eve of the new Premiership season, there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding Steven Gerrard’s forward line.
Alfredo Morelos is being heavily linked with a move away while Jermain Defoe is currently out of action with a hamstring injury.
With Lille said to be preparing a £17m bid for Morelos and West Brom also interested [Record], it’s possible that Steven Gerrard could be without a fit senior striker by the time St Mirren visit Ibrox next Sunday.
As a result, a list of possible replacements for the Colombian international has allegedly already been drawn up by the manager and Ross Wilson [Record].
It’s claimed that Mirko Maric of Osijek, Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster and Peterborough’s Ivan Toney are all on that list. Intriguingly, Lawrence Shankland’s name is also mentioned alongside Lyndon Dykes as further possible options.
It’s widely known that Shankland grew up supporting the Gers and the Scotland international has been linked with making the switch to Ibrox in the past [Scottish Sun] before the trail went cold.
The Gers did scout the forward last season though and it seems a move may not yet have been ruled out.
The Dundee United attacker may have played in the Scottish second tier last season but with 28 strikes in 33 appearances, he scored comfortably more goals than any of the other players listed.
He may not have the quality or the experience to directly replace Morelos as a talisman for the Gers in either domestic or European competition. Yet, he’s a natural finisher who is unlikely to be phased by the step up at this stage in his career.
Shankland is under contract until 2022 so he may not come cheap, but if Rangers cash in on Morelos they’ll have money to spend and a squad in need of strengthening.