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PL Forward Dreaming Of Rangers Move: Should Murty Land Him In The Summer?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Recently, Oliver McBurnie had publicly stated that he is keen to ply his trade alongside Rangers’ striker, Jason Cummings. Besides, he has also stated that he would love to play for Rangers at some point in his career and that must have drawn the attention of Graeme Murty. McBurnie is a passionate Rangers fan and perhaps he issued a ‘come-get-me’ plea to the Gers.

The 21-year-old emerged through the youth ranks of Bradford City and was eventually promoted to their senior side. However, he was sporadically used and was shipped out on loan to Chester twice. In the summer of 2015, Swansea City lured him to the Liberty Stadium and after a few months, he joined Newport County on loan before moving to Bristol Rovers on loan.

In the January transfer window this year, he was signed by Barnsley on loan and he is proving to be a valuable asset for the Tykes. In 9 appearances in the Championship, McBurnie has smashed 6 goals and has been exceptional up front. A couple of days ago, he got his first debut for the Scotland national side and he fared pretty well under the tutelage of Alex McLeish.

Rangers have had a rollercoaster season so far as they struggled under Pedro Caixinha’s regime but produced some stellar outputs after Graeme Murty was appointed as the boss. They might have lost their last two league fixtures, which were against Celtic and Kilmarnock, they are placed at the 2nd spot in the Scottish Premiership table with 58 points to their name from 31 games.

Murty is expected to make some additions in the summer to beef up the quality of his arsenal and the striking department might be one of the areas of concern for him. The Light Blues do need some firepower up front and someone like McBurnie has the potential to meet their needs. He is a versatile attacker who is capable of operating as a striker, winger as well as a left-sided midfielder.

He is proving to be a cunning attacker of late and his movements on an off the ball has been notable to watch. Besides, he has shown the tendency to create chances for his teammates and although he is not a finished product, he has the calibre to get better in the coming seasons. If his move to the Ibrox Stadium materializes, it should increase the level of competition amongst the attackers of Rangers for a place in Murty’s starting line-up.

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