Should Dodoo's Blackpool teammate be a target for Rangers?

Steven Gerrard attends the World Premiere of 'Make Us Dream' at The Curzon Soho on November 14, 2018 in London, England.

Steven Gerrard is reportedly desperate to bring a new centre-forward to Ibrox - could the Scottish Premiership giants look at Blackpool?

Blackpool's Joe Dodoo during the Sky Bet Championship match between Exeter City and Blackpool at St James Park on November 10, 2018 in Exeter, England.

Rangers’ search for a new centre-forward is likely to take them far and wide in the weeks leading up to the January transfer window with The Express reporting that a striker is Steven Gerrard’s top priority heading into the January transfer window.

But could the answer be right under Rangers’ nose?

The Glasgow giants will have been sending representatives to keep an eye on Joe Dodoo’s performances on loan at Blackpool in recent weeks, with the Ghanaian striker scoring four times in his last three games. But should Dodoo’s strike partner have caught Rangers’ eye in the process?

 

The seldom-seen Rangers forward has been overshadowed by Armand Gnanduillet in recent weeks with the 26-year-old scoring four times in his last five games, notwithstanding a red-card against Fleetwood Town which broke the streak.

In all competitions this season, the former Ivory Coast youth has scored seven times. And, speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Dodoo clearly believes he’s benefiting from working alongside the 26-year-old at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool's Armand Gnanduillet during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Burton Albion at Bloomfield Road on November 24, 2018 in Blackpool, United Kingdom.

“It’s great. We’re two physical players up at the top and we complement each other,” the former Leicester City man said.

“We try to learn as much as possible from each other and game by game we’re getting better.”

But what would Gnanduillet bring to Ibrox? Well, something very different. At 6ft 4ins, the French-born powerhouse is an old-school target man who thrives with his back to goal.

He could give Gerrard a more direct option, a la Uche Ikpeazu at Hearts, for example. While he isn't the most prolific centre-forward, his intelligent hold up play could get the best out of the attackers around him.

Maybe Dodoo should put in a good word.

Blackpool's Armand Gnanduillet celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Blackpool at Roots Hall on November 17, 2018 in...

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