Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has January transfer advice for Mark Warburton

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Mark Warburton’s Glasgow Rangers need to sign a goal-poacher in the January transfer window, suggests Derek Johnstone.

Derek Johnstone has suggested in The Glasgow Evening Times that Rangers need to sign a goal-poacher in the January transfer window.

The Rangers legend, who is now 63 years of age, has explained why the Gers need to sign a forward who is brilliant inside the opposition’s penalty box and can poach goals.


Rangers manager Mark Warburton

“What we don’t have in the squad is a bigger centre forward,” Johnstone wrote in The Glasgow Evening Times. “I know some managers don’t like having a more physical striker in the side but, for me, when you are getting hemmed in at the back, you want someone that you can hit up front.

“Also, when the full-backs are getting forward or the wingers are getting to the line, they are looking up and there is nobody for them to get the ball into at times.

“I don’t care about a forward that can drop deeper or come out into the wide areas. I want one that is inside the box, one that can poach and that you know will get you 20 goals a season.

“That is what Rangers need. Right now, could you say any Rangers striker will get 20 goals this season?

“It is not looking likely and for a club like Rangers that is not good enough. We know that goals have been a problem this season and solving that issue should be the priority in January.”

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Rangers are second in the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 29 points from 16 matches.

Mark Warburton’s side are eight points behind leaders and Old Firm rivals Celtic, who have three games in hand.

The Gers were not going to realistically compete with Celtic for the league title this season, but finishing second is certainly possible.

The problem is that Celtic are so far ahead of the rest of the teams that it is tough for any other side to genuinely challenge Brendan Rodgers’s players.

Rangers do need to make signings in the January transfer window, and the Ibrox outfit should do so with an eye on next season.

The players that the Gers bring in next month should be able to step up after the first six or so months at the club and make the team more competitive during the 2017-18 campaign.

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