Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland is one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football.
The 23-year-old has been absolutely clinical for the Honest Men over the last 18 months.
Some fans have suggested the former Aberdeen kid could be worth a punt at Ibrox but the simple truth is that he isn’t good enough.
He’s not going to displace Alfredo Morelos or Jermain Defoe.
That much is absolutely certain.
There’s about as much chance of me replacing one of them.
With a string of talented strikers in the club’s academy, it doesn’t really make much sense to sign someone who – at best – would be fourth or fifth choice.
The likes of Andy Dallas, Ryan Hardie, Dapo Mebude and Zak Rudden are all working towards a first-team place.
Giving a chance to any of them would make more sense than signing Shankland.
Listening to his former boss at Aberdeen, Derek McInnes doesn’t paint a great picture of the striker either.
He’ll almost certainly leave Ayr sooner rather than later but a club like Rangers would be a step too far.
With the right team around him, he’d do well for a mid-level Scottish Premiership side but that’s about it.
He wouldn’t improve what Rangers have already and is already a year older than Alfredo Morelos.
Shankland might well go on and score against Rangers in the future but he’s simply not good enough to be doing it for us.
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