Rangers should consider raiding Brighton again for Aaron Connolly

22nd August 2017, The Amex Stadium, Brighton, England; Football League Cup Second Round; Brighton and Hove Albion versus Barnet; Aaron Connolly of Brighton and Charlie Clough of Barnet...

Rangers signed two players from Brighton in the summer.

Aaron Connolly of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. celebrates his goal

Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly placed highly-rated striker Aaron Connolly on the loan list after starring for the club's Under-23 side in Premier League 2 - and Rangers must do business with the Seagulls once again.

Just 18 years of age, Ireland Under-19 international Connolly has been in superb form for Brighton's second string, scoring 10 goals in 12 games this season. The Brighton Argus claim Brighton are weighing up placing him on the loan list.

He is held in such high regard by Brighton boss Chris Hughton that he has even appeared twice for the club's first team, appearing in August 2017 against Barnet in the Carabao Cup - as well as this time around in a loss to Southampton.

 

Despite his tender age, he has netted 22 goals in 33 games for the Under-23 side and now needs first-team football as the next step in his development. Rangers have got to take advantage.

Steven Gerrard's side have already done business with Brighton this season, signing Jamie Murphy on a permanent basis before luring Connor Goldson to Ibrox for a reported £3.5million. Brighton are also being linked with James Tavernier.

Rangers should look to complete a third signing from Brighton, this time in the form of Connolly, with Gerrard's side thin on the ground up front. Alfredo Morelos is the club's best, with 14 goals already, but he has problems with discipline.

22nd August 2017, The Amex Stadium, Brighton, England; Football League Cup Second Round; Brighton and Hove Albion versus Barnet; Aaron Connolly of Brighton is body checked by David Tutonda...

It has already seen the Colombia international pick up two red cards and serve suspension, while summer signing Kyle Lafferty has struggled with injury. He missed Thursday's clash against Spartak Moscow.

Meanwhile, Umar Sadiq's poor display in the Scottish League Cup semi-final has sparked rumours that his season-long loan from AS Roma could be cancelled in January. Rangers need cover up front.

So Gerrard should consider unearthing what could be a crucial gem in Rangers' bid to keep pace with Old Firm rivals Celtic. Confidence will be flowing through Connolly's veins as his hot streak continues, and Rangers must take advantage.

28th October 2018, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Rangers; Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard watches on

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