Whoever is sitting pretty in the Rangers hotseat next season, though it’s looking increasingly likely that Pedro Caixinha is set to be handed the reigns, he will be more than aware that the squad is in dire need of investment.
Though that is easier said than done. Chairman Dave King has hardly been generous with his spending of late. Therefore, Rangers need to make their signings count unlike this season where the majority of their incomings have been lively at best and anonymous, injured or thrown out of the club at worst.
However, there is one man who could be available in the summer that Rangers know all about. Marvin Johnson tore them apart in a rip-roaring, goal-scoring performance as Motherwell preserved their top flight status at The Gers’ expense with a 3-0 second-leg play-off victory in May 2015.
And HITC sources told us that Rangers had their heart set on signing the winger permanently on the back of a truly outstanding display.
After the interest came to nothing, however, could Rangers finally make their move two years on? Johnson finds himself at League One Oxford United these days but don’t let that fool you into thinking that his career has taken a backwards step.
According to the Birmingham Mail, the winger’s performances have been so impressive that Wolves, QPR, Birmingham City and even Premier League Stoke are tracking his progress. They add that he is certain to leave the Kassam Stadium at the end of the season.
And Rangers should need little encouragement. Johnson won’t cost a bomb and the prospect of returning to Scotland, where he enjoyed the finest period of his nomadic career, could appeal.
The Gers could do with added firepower and creativity up top too. And, as he demonstrated in that unstoppable performance at Fir Park, Johnson possesses both attributes in abundance.