Rangers should sign Peter Crouch

Stoke City's Peter Crouch reacts

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has brought nine players to Ibrox. Should the 35-year-old be his 10th signing of the summer?

Peter Crouch Liverpool 2008

Rangers fans will have been upset, yet unsurprised, to see manager Mark Warburton shoot down rumours surrounding a shock move for Robin van Persie.

But there's another Premier League veteran who Rangers should go for - and it is far more realistic than signing the former Arsenal and Manchester United hitman.

If rumours are to be believed, Stoke City's Peter Crouch could be on the move this summer, and Warburton should be front of the queue for his signature.

Stoke City's Peter Crouch reacts

It would be a huge risk on Warburton's part to go into the season with a 36-year-old Kenny Miller and an unproven Joe Dodoo as Martyn Waghorn's only competition.

Crouch is that bit younger than Miller, but with 96 Premier League goals under his belt he is also a much more accomplished goalscorer - and, at 6'7, the former Liverpool and Spurs striker offers the Gers something different up front.

Swansea City also want him, according to The Mail, but Crouch, who failed to score in any of his 11 Premier League outings last term, does not have a lot left to offer a top-flight side down South and he more than likely knows it.

Stoke City's Peter Crouch in action with Crystal Palace's Damien Delaney

He is in the twilight of a career which has yielded one major medal after winning the FA Cup with Liverpool in 2006. At Rangers, there is every chance he will add to his silverware in the coming years.

There is plenty of optimism on the blue half of the Old Firm divide that Warburton's side will challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership. You need only look at the calibre and volume of the incomings to understand that feel-good factor.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

Crouch has previously played with Niko Kranjcar at Tottenham, whereas the likes of Joey Barton and Clint Hill would certainly recognise him as a fellow veteran and welcome him with open arms. He would hit the ground running in Glasgow.

Unlike any of Rangers' other nine signings this summer, Crouch would command a transfer fee, but he is worth the couple of million it would take to bring him to Ibrox.

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