Latest reports from the Mirror as cited by Daily Record suggest that Rangers are one of the numerous teams interested in Spanish striker Fran Sol. A handful of English teams along with Old Firm rival Celtic are also said to be interested in the striker who currently plies his trade in the Eredivisie for Willem II.
Rangers leapfrogged over Celtic to reach the summit of the Scottish Premiership for the time being, but they have played a game more. The race for the title definitely seems tighter this time around, and now with the Gers out of the European competition, they can concentrate on giving Celtic a run for their money.
However, one of the areas where they have struggled is up front, especially in the absence of Alfredo Morelos. Everyone knows the Colombian is a volatile character on the pitch and a suspension is never too far off with him. Therefore having a good backup striker is an absolute necessity for Gerrard. He has Kyle Lafferty in his arsenal who provides a different option, but another striker is the need of the hour for the Gers now that Umar Sadiq has been sent back packing (The Scottish Sun) midway through his loan spell at Ibrox.
Sol’s goalscoring exploits suggest that he can be a valuable addition though it would be interesting to see whether he would be able to cope with the physicality of the league. The fact that the striker comes from Spain and is thriving in the Eredivisie suggests that the player has good technical qualities, but the physical nature of the Premiership could be a bit too much for the striker.
Maybe Gerrard can look at someone from the Scottish Premiership or the English Championship to sign in January. However, the striker can be given a chance to showcase his worth given his rich vein of form (15 goals in 18 games in all competitions this season). Also, the fact that clubs from the Premier League are also showing an interest in him suggests that he has that nitty-gritty side to his game as well.
Rangers definitely need to strengthen in the January window even though they made 15 signings in the summer. That just goes to show how much the gap between the two Old Firm rivals has been in the past few years. However, Gerrard has definitely closed that since his appointment and another smart and fruitful January window can push them further in their quest to challenge Celtic.
Sol can be a handy addition, but he might take time to settle in given that he would be coming from a different league. The Bears shouldn’t expect miracles from him straightaway even if they manage to lure him in January.