Reported Glasgow Rangers target Lyle Taylor has been deemed “irreplaceable” amid speculation linking the striker to Ibrox.
Taylor is entering his final few months of his current contract at Charlton, with a number of clubs from both sides of the border seemingly taking an interest in the 30-year-old.
Rangers are believed to be one of several clubs keeping a close eye on Taylor’s situation at the Addicks, according to Sky Sports.
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer confirmed in December that Taylor had turned down a new contract at the English Championship club (London News Online).
Earlier this year, meanwhile, East Street Investments were reported by the same outlet to have withdrawn their contract offer and opted to listen to bids for the player.
As things stand now, Taylor’s contract is still set to expire on 30 June, with no breakthrough having been made regarding a new deal.
“To try and keep him at the club is going to be tough,” Bowyer told Sky Sports. “He is so big for us and I was thankful to the owners for not selling him in January, because they could have.
“Are we going to be able to replace him next season if he goes? I don’t think we will with the budget we have. He’s definitely top five strikers in this division for sure.”
While a 30-year-old striker plying his trade in the second tier of English football may not be the most exciting proposition for a fanbase on paper, Taylor really has shown he’s a cut above, with 11 goals in 22 league games for a side battling relegation.
Given that Rangers could snap him up for absolutely nothing, it’s hardly a huge gamble, and let’s not forget the evergreen Jermain Defoe’s success at Ibrox, not to mention how well the last player to swap Charlton for Rangers has been doing for Steven Gerrard’s side.