Rangers should try to loan Ryan Gauld in the January transfer window

Rangers should try to bring Ryan Gauld to Ibrox in January.

Gauld is considered one of the best talents in Scottish football, and he is currently learning his trade in the ‘B’ team of Portuguese club Sporting CP.

A 19-year-old winger and attacking midfielder, Gauld started his career with Dundee United, going on to play 51 times and scoring nine goals.

He switched to Portugal last summer, and although he has only played five times for Sporting’s first-team, Gauld has been spending his time developing to his best talents in their academy.

However, Sporting do want Gauld to play consistent competitive football, and Rangers should try to loan him in January for the second half of the season.

Gauld proved during his time with Dundee United that he is already good enough for the Scottish Premiership, let alone the Championship, and many would suggest that the youngster would be out of Rangers’ reach.

However, manager Mark Warburton has a proven record with youth development, and retains a good relationship with the academy of Sporting, having invited them to take part in the first ever NextGen Series - which he set-up.

It would be Warburton’s reputation that could bring Gauld to Ibrox, and if the Gers could complete his loan signing, it would be one of the deals of the season.

The wing positions are the only area of the Rangers squad which are currently lacking in depth, and even then, Gauld has proven he is good enough to replace both Nathan Oduwa and Barrie McKay in the starting XI.

Gauld would bring talent, depth and competition to an already excellent Rangers team, but the 19-year-old could be the player than ensures promotion to the Premiership at the end of this campaign.

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