According to a recent exclusive report by TalkSPORT, former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam has tipped prolific Charlton Athletic striker Lyle Taylor to be a wanted man at the Ibrox during the upcoming summer window. A previous report by the same source, speaking exclusively to Charlton manager Lee Bowyer, had revealed that Taylor was one of three Addicks players that had refused to play when the season resumes later this month. With the forward out of contract in the summer, he would even be available on a free transfer.
Clarifying that Rangers could be interested in Lyle Taylor, former Liverpool ace Charlie Adam said, “He’s a good player and it wouldn’t surprise me, just throwing it out there, if Rangers or Celtic try and take him because he’s out of contract. He’ll have a few options in the Championship too and maybe a Premier League club would even take him because of his goalscoring record over the last few years. He’s in a good position, and that’s what his agent will be saying to him. He’s 30 years of age, the last two years have been his best, the most prolific, of his career and he’s out of contract.”
What Is Rangers’ Current Strike Situation?
The Gers currently have three options for the centre-forward’s role – Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, former England international Jermain Defoe and former Aberdeen man Greg Stewart. Rangers are unlikely to make Florian Kamberi’s deal permanent. With question marks still surrounding the immediate future of Morelos, there is a clear need for a new striker acquisition during the summer transfer window. The Glasgow club certainly aren’t in a position to be able to spend too much money, having already secured the permanent signing of Ianis Hagi.
What Would Lyle Taylor Bring To The Ibrox Stadium?
The Charlton Athletic striker had been displaying decent form in the Championship before the campaign was brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic. The tall forward had notched up an impressive return of 11 goals from 22 appearances, while he also created an assist along the way.
Having spent time with the likes of Falkirk and Partick Thistle in the past, the Englishman is also quite aware of the manner of proceedings in the Scottish game. The forward also deserves a lot of credit for how Charlton got promoted last season, with Taylor scoring 21 goals and assisting a further 11 from his 41 League 1 appearances.
Although the Charlton man’s last stint in the Scottish Premiership was nothing much to talk about, his season at Falkirk in the Championship was one to remember. The Montserrat international managed to score 24 times in 34 league appearances that year. The 30-year-old is known for his deadly predatory instincts in and around the final third, while he’s also a strong header of the ball. Standing at almost 1.9m tall, the prolific forward would offer a different kind of strike skill-set to the ones that Rangers currently have at their disposal.
Rangers Could Be Interested In Lyle Taylor: Good Move For Gerrard’s Men?
The former Bournemouth striker has had multiple stints of good form throughout his long career, and it could be argued that the last two seasons have been right up there with the best of them. Rangers’ two main strikers – Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos, as good as they are, boast remarkably similar attributes. Signing a proven player like Taylor, who would provide more than just height but also added presence, could turn out to be an extremely sensible piece of business from Steven Gerrard’s side, especially considering that he would be available for free.