Why Rangers should make Lee Gregory their biggest summer signing

Lee Gregory of Millwall celebrates scoring his teams first goal

Mark Warburton is looking to add a striker to Ibrox ranks. Gregory would be perfect for Rangers.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers boss Mark Warburton has enjoyed a productive summer so far

Rangers' summer business is 80 per cent complete, according to manager Mark Warburton.

The 53-year-old has signed eight new faces already but told the club's official website on Tuesday he hopes to add another two, with a striker - one who's not been linked in the press - in his sights (the Scotsman).

Despite the flurry of Ibrox arrivals, Warburton has recruited economically so far, with only Lee Hodson, Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks and Josh Windass requiring (mostly minor) fees. But is this a tightening of the purse strings? Or a precursor to something big?

Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter in action against Bordeaux's Nicolas Maurice BelayFormer Liverpool teenager Jordan Rossiter is one of Rangers' stand-out recruits

There are obvious limits to how big Rangers could go. And no club will appreciate that more than they, given the events of the previous five years.

The likes of Danny Ings and Will Grigg, whose names might have drawn in the punters, are in reality nothing short of fantasy. Both would require multi-million-pound fees, not to mention generous pay packets, and are unlikely to view Rangers as a step up at this moment in time.

Will Grigg celebrates scoring the first goal for Wigan AthleticWigan's Will Grigg likely to cost several millions of pounds given last season's exploits

There is one player, though, who might be in reach.

Linked with Celtic earlier this summer (the Sun), Lee Gregory is said to want out of Millwall, who remain in League One after losing the play-off final.

Sky Sports reports that Gregory, who scored 26 goals last season, has handed in a transfer request at The Den, following interest from Championship side Rotherham United, who've seen a £1.2 million offer turned down (10:41).

With a year to run on his contract, the Lions are likely cave at some point - which you suspect will be closer to their alleged £2 million valuation. And Rangers should push the boat out.

Lee Gregory of Millwall celebrates scoring his teams first goalLee Gregory celebrates one of his 26 goals for Millwall last season

Not only does Gregory's record speak for itself - he previously scored 89 goals in 135 appearances for Halifax Town, where Jamie Vardy was one of many strike partners - he has both the pace and persistence to trouble defences, while his 6 ft 2 in frame would add some much-needed variety to Warburton's front line.

Financially speaking, Gregory would be Rangers' biggest summer signing. But he might also be their best.

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