Rangers are in desperate need of a spark and Blair Spittal can provide that.

Spittal joined Partick Thistle from Dundee United this summer.

The cracks are beginning to deepen at Rangers and Pedro Caixinha has fallen victim after a tumultuous spell in charge.

What should have been a comfortable home victory against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night ended up being a 1-1 draw, after Daniel Candeias missed a penalty in injury time only for Chris Burke to score a minute later.

The former Santos Laguna boss made 11 first-team signings during the last transfer window, with only two of those – Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans – having any kind of previous experience in Scottish football.

The likes of Eduardo Herrera, Bruno Alves and Dalcio have failed to make a positive impact since their move. It is clear that Caixinha’s replacement must use the January transfer window to add players who know the top flight of Scottish football like the back of their hand. 

A new manager is required to save Rangers’ downfall and Caixinha’s blushes, but that alone will not boost their fortunes. New players, with Scottish Premiership experience, are desperately required.

Step forward Partick Thistle’s in-form youngster Blair Spittal, who is tearing up football north of the border with six goals and four assists in just 13 league and cup appearances.

Predominantly a right winger, 21-year-old Spittal is known for his electrifying pace and low centre of gravity that allows him to beat an opponent with ease. A huge improvement on the ineffectual Candeias, who has stuttered since his move to Glasgow.

Although only joining Partick in the summer from Dundee United, Spittal would be allowed to play for Rangers if signed in January as he did not feature for the latter prior to his move.

Spittal’s creativity and red-hot form is only going to improve as he grows further into his career. Whoever steps into Caixinha’s shoes must put Spittal at the top of their January shortlist.

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