Having been released by Blackburn Rovers following an indifferent spell, here are five reasons David Goodwillie should head to Ibrox this summer
Earlier this month the inevitable happened – David Goodwillie parted company with Blackburn Rovers following a troubled spell with the club.
Signed from Dundee United for £2.8 million, the striker has already been linked with moves to Aberdeen and Kilmarnock. But with Rangers just one season away from the top-flight, Goodwillie would be better served with a move to Ibrox.
Here are five reasons why.
Rangers would be a step up from Blackburn
Rovers may be Premier League winners but they are historically a much smaller team than Rangers and finished 8th in the Championship last term with few predicting promotion next term.
The Gers, meanwhile, head into the season confident making their return to the Scottish Premiership, with Ally McCoist eager to embark on good runs in both cup competitions. Being released by Blackburn will hurt Goodwillie’s pride but it could be restored by moving to the most successful team in the history of Scottish football.
Goodwillie knows how to score goals in Scotland
The 25-year-old first caught the attention of the Lancashire club after several impressive seasons with Dundee United, which climaxed in the 2010-11 campaign during which Goodwille managed 17 goals in 38 league games for The Terrors.
Lean spells at Blackburn and Crystal Palace followed, with the forward failing to inspire much confidence during a loan-spell back with United but with the backing of McCoist it could be a different story at Rangers, who have often got the best out of strikers who have otherwise struggled south-of-the-border (Nikica Jelavic anyone?)
A spell in the Scottish Championship could restore his confidence
Sometimes in football you have to go backwards before you can go forwards again. A move to Kilmarnock may be in the offing for Goodwillie but after struggling on his return to the Scottish Premiership with Dundee United, a step down a division could help him rediscover his scoring touch.
Grant Holt successfully resurrected his career after a failed spell at Nottingham Forest, moving to Shrewsbury Town where he managed 20 goals in 43 games before being snapped up by Norwich.
He’ll be working with a goalscoring legend
There may be some who would happily criticise Ally McCoist the manager but the Gers legend is the ideal man to help ease Goodwillie back into Scottish football and help him rediscover his path to goal.
McCoist was in a similar situation as a player after all, having arrived at Rangers following a disappointing spell in England with Sunderland where he scored just eight times in 56 appearances. A grand 418 games and 251 goals later, he had established himself as a Gers hero.
Goodwillie will be in good company
Rangers may be residing in the Scottish Championship for now, but they have a squad that is Premiership quality, with veterans like Lee McCulloch and Kenny Miller playing alongside solid stars like Ian Black and Jon Daly as well as promising youngsters Lewis Macleod and Nicky Clark to name but a few.
And the Scottish Championship could be the place to be next year with both Hearts and Hibernian preparing to meet Rangers in arguably the biggest games of the Scottish football calendar next term.