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Should Rangers consider a bid for Derby County's Darren Bent?

Derby County's Darren Bent has an attempt on goal

Rangers need to add goals to their side next season, and should consider a move for Derby County forward, Darren Bent.

General View of Ibrox StadiumGeneral View of Ibrox Stadium

It's been a bitterly disappointing season for Rangers. After promotion back to the Scottish top flight, fans were excited at the prospect of seeing Scotland's two biggest sides once again battle it out for the Premiership title. 

However, Celtic's dominance of the Scottish top flight this season has turned this season into somewhat of a dull affair, and Rangers' struggles throughout the campaign have been evident. Fed up with the tactical inflexibility of Mark Warburton, Rangers brought in Pedro Caixinha, with the jury still out on the new boss.

In order to hit the ground running next season, Pedro Caixinha will need to make sure the club has a successful transfer window, and one of the priorities for the Rangers boss will be to bring in a proven goalscorer.

One of Rangers' problems this season has been scoring goals, and the club need to start competing with the likes of Celtic in terms of goals-scored if they're going to have any chance of lifting the title next season. But who might the Gers turn to? One player who could be a realistic and sensible target, is Derby County striker Darren Bent.

Derby County's Darren Bent looks dejected after the gameDerby County's Darren Bent

The striker, who recently signed a one-year contract extension with the Rams, has scored 13 goals this season, and played a major part in Steve McClaren's mid-season revival of the club.

However, under Gary Rowett, Darren Bent's future at the club has grown unclear. The forward will be competing with Matej Vydra, David Nugent and returning forward Chris Martin next season, and could well be shipped out in the inevitable squad cull Gary Rowett has been alluding to since joining the club.

Derby's Darren Bent in action with Norwich's Wes HoolahanDerby's Darren Bent in action

With Bent possibly available for transfer, and likely on a minimal fee due to being in the last year of his contract and Derby's desperation to move big-earners on, could Rangers make a move? The striker has proved this season that he can still score goals at a top level.

And with 215 career goals to his name, Rangers could be getting one seriously prolific striker. After utilising Kenny Miller for the last few years, and managing to get the best out of the forward despite his age, there's no reason why Darren Bent couldn't help return Rangers to title-winning form.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the standsRangers manager Pedro Caixinha

 

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