Alex MacDonald: Rangers need to improve their striking options

The former Rangers midfielder believes the striking options are too weak at Ibrox.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Rangers legend MacDonald believes that the Gers need to improve they striking options ahead of next season, with Kenny Miller and Nicky Clark not providing enough of a threat.

When asked whether Miller and Clark can fire Rangers back to the Premiership, MacDonald said: “I’m not too sure they can do that. It depends who is involved around about these guys. Miller has pace but you have to play him up front and not let him drop back. You need strikers. You can’t play with nine defenders.”

Miller and Clark are the remaining senior forwards left at Ibrox ahead of the 2015/16 season, following the departures of Jon Daly and Kris Boyd on free transfers.

Between the four striking options last term, they netted 32 goals, with Nicky Law - a midfielder - leading the scoring charts with 13 strikes.

They need to bring an added goal threat to their side ahead of the new campaign, and although Ryan Hardie impressed when promoted from the youth team, a signing really needs to be made.

The appointment of Mark Warburton as manager is one which will promise highly energetic attacking football, and although Miller and Clark are talented forwards, they hardly fulfil the high-pressing attributes needed to excel under the former Brentford boss.

Jordan Gibson has been signed this summer already to provide attacking reinforcement, but he is likely to spend the season at Under-21 level, and Warburton needs to ensure he is signing young and athletic strikers to lead his line, with promotion back to the top flight the minimum aim for the 2015/16 season.

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