Swansea City's Oli McBurnie is a boyhood Rangers fan - could thrive at Ibrox

Graeme Murty, Caretaker manager of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Oli McBurnie needs regular first-team football and Swansea City loaning the striker to Rangers could have big rewards.

Swansea City manager Paul Clement (l) presents player Oliver McBurnie with his Premier League 2 award with team mates at Swansea City's training ground at Fairwood on February 9, 2017 in...

There’s no stopping Oli McBurnie right now. The Swansea City youngster earned the Premier League 2 Player of the Year award last season after plundering 20 goals for the South Wales club’s Under-23s side.

And McBurnie is on track to comfortably shatter last season’s tally this time around. In between cameo appearances for Swansea’s senior side, the 21-year-old has found the time to net seven times in four games for the reserves – including an October hat-trick against Chelsea’s much-vaunted academy XI.

McBurnie could clearly benefit from more regular first-team football after seemingly outgrowing the academy pond. But, after the EFL ruled that the necessary paperwork had not been completed on time, a deadline day loan move to Championship side Barnsley fell through a week after the transfer window closed.

Swansea City's English striker Oli McBurnie (R) vies with Manchester United's DR Congo-born defender Axel Tuanzebe during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Swansea...

Though with January just two months away, Swansea’s priority must be to find a club willing to give the 6ft 2ins McBurnie further experience in senior football.

Well, how about Rangers. According to the Daily Record, the Scotland Under-21 ace is a boyhood Rangers fan and the Ibrox giants surely would not say no to a prolific young striker in the New Year.

After all, Alfredo Morelos’ goals have dried up lately while Eduardo Herrera, with just two in 12 games in all competitions, hasn’t exactly set the world alight.

Rangers benefitted immensely from signing a young Premier League talent on loan in the last January window, Emerson Hyndman making a real impact from Bournemouth. And McBurnie could be a similarly inspired addition, a low risk signing with the potential for huge rewards.

Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on August 26, 2017 in London, England.

It’s a deal that would suit all parties. McBurnie would get some much-needed minutes, Rangers would get a hugely talented young striker and Swansea, if all goes to plan, would get a much-improved and matured striker back at the end of the season.

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