The fact that Lawrence Shankland is a boyhood Rangers fan has not gone unnoticed with the Ayr United striker in the form of his life.
Shankland has scored a quite remarkable 26 goals in 23 games to fire his side to the top of the Scottish Championship, including four in the 5-0 thrashing of Dundee United last time out.
According to the Evening Times, the former Scotland U21 international is a dyed-in-the-wool Gers fanatic – and that was enough to encourage Rangers fans on Twitter to demand his arrival with Steven Gerrard on the lookout for another striker, as reported by The Express.
And a move for the most lethal striker in Scotland surely looks even more tempting now his price-tag has been revealed. According to the Daily Record, Ayr want just £400,000 for their talisman, hamstrung as they are by the fact that he’s out of contract at the end of the season.
For that fee, Shankland has the potential to be arguably the best pound-for-pound signing Mark Allen has made at Rangers in 2018 – discounting Allan McGregor considering he returned to Ibrox from Hull City on a free transfer.
The Daily Record claims that Swansea City are leading the chase while Sunderland, whose manager Jack Ross worked with Shankland at St Mirren, are also waiting in the wings.
But with Alfredo Morelos getting sent off yet again in midweek and Kyle Lafferty without a goal for almost three months, £400k for Shankland doesn’t look like a bad idea.