The Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reportedly wants the youngster at Ibrox.
Rangers are eyeing a pre-contract move for Karlan Grant as Alfredo Morelos’s long-term successor at Ibrox, according to the Scottish Sun.
But what should Rangers fans know about the Charlton Athletic striker?
HITC Sport answers those all-important questions…
Was that always his name?
No. He was Karlan Ahearne-Grant until the new campaign, at which point he dropped the ‘Ahearne’ part of his surname. Speaking to Charlton’s official website shortly afterwards, Grant cited a ‘really strong’ relationship with his mother as one of the reasons behind the change, which he explained was a long time coming.
Where’s he played before?
Grant has been at Charlton since the age of 12 (arriving in the same year that Graeme Murty, the Rangers academy coach, moved on loan to The Valley – albeit later on), but spent time on loan at Cambridge United and Crawley Town before he became a regular for the Addicks. He scored nine goals in 15 games for Crawley during the second half of last season.
How many goals has he scored this campaign?
13 in 27 – picking up where he left off at Crawley. Only Lyle Taylor, the former Falkirk and Partick Thistle striker (15), has found the net more often than Grant in Charlton colours this season.
Can he make the step up to Rangers?
Grant has already played 22 times at Championship level (sometimes as a winger on either flank), and won caps for England’s Under-17s, 18s and 19s – highlighting his potential. In the right surroundings, he has the ability to flourish.
What’s been said about his contract situation, given that it expires this summer?
Grant’s manager, Lee Bowyer, told the South London Press last September that he was ‘hopeful’ of tying down the striker, whom he advised to stay at Charlton and avoid ‘killing his career’.
“I’m hopeful because he is playing here and doing well at the moment,” said Bowyer, a one-time England teammate of the Rangers boss Steven Gerrard. “But he has to keep improving. He has got a lot to learn.
“But by playing here under myself and with Johnnie Jackson [assistant manager] he will learn more. He needs games – the worst thing he could possibly do is think ‘okay, I’ve had a good season and I’ll go somewhere else’ and then not play. It would just kill his career.”
Speaking to the same publication later that month, however, Grant was somewhat non-committal.
“We’re in talks,” confirmed the 21-year-old. “I had a conversation with him [Bowyer] and my agent the other day. I’ve been here so many years now and I’m happy and enjoying my football.
“It is good to be rewarded with that [a new contract]. We’ll see what happens.”
Would Grant be a good addition for Rangers?