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Another Massive Addition? Why Rangers Could Benefit From This 96-Goal Premier League Striker

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

If you really believed Robin van Persie could be on his move to Rangers, you certainly need to come back to reality. Boss Warburton made it clear that the rumours of the legendary Dutchman moving to Ibrox are pure nonsense and pigs will fly before that happens. Well, you cannot blame a fan for dreaming big. After the signings of Premier League veterans like Niko Kranjcar, Joey Barton, Clint Hill, Rangers fans have every right to demand more players from the very top level.

Even though the former Arsenal and Manchester United hitman is an unrealistic target for Rangers as he is way out of their pay league, a striker who previously graced the pitch for clubs like Spurs and Liverpool would be a realistic target for the Gers. Yes, we are talking about none other than Peter Crouch.

The 35-year-old is in the twilight of his illustrious career and looks to be on his way out of Stoke City after five years at the Britannia Stadium. Rangers do have a quality striker in Martyn Waghorn but the 26-year-old is still unproven at the top level of Scottish football. It would be a huge risk from the Glasgow giants to contend for the Premiership title this coming season with a 36-year-old Kenny Miller and an unproven Joe Dodoo as Martyn Waghorn’s only competition.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Peter Crouch of Stoke City applauds the fans at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – MAY 24: Peter Crouch of Stoke City applauds the fans at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Crouch pretty well knows it that he has pretty little left to offer at Premier League level but he could enjoy the last few years of his career at a club like Rangers. A year younger to Miller, Crouch is a much more accomplished goalscorer boasting 96 Premier League goals. With a big frame of 6’7″, the English international offers the Gers a whole new dimension up front.

The 35-year-old could make just 11 Premier League appearances for Stoke City last campaign but failed to net a single goal. His days seems numbered in the Premier League and he might fancy a move to Ibrox now that his former teammate Kranjcar and fellow veteran stars Hill and Barton all made their high-profile switches to the Glasgow club.

During his long career playing for a host of top clubs, Crouch managed to clinch just one big silverware i.e. the FA Cup with Liverpool in 2006. The English talisman can add more success to his resume if he opts for a move to Rangers.

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