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Jason Cummings fails to take hold of golden opportunity

Rangers striker Jason Cummings has struggled since heading to Ibrox on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Mathew Nash

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Rangers’ title hopes appeared to be extinguished last week, with their dramatic 3-2 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic. Now that has been compounded, with the defeat against Kilmarnock this week. Former Rangers player Kris Boyd scored the winner as Steve Clarke’s men took yet another scalp.

The game represented a chance for striker Jason Cummings. The attacker is currently on loan at Rangers from Nottingham Forest and has found it hard to play regular football. Alfredo Morelos had established himself as the main striker, so Cummings had to get past the Colombian first.

After knuckling down and after an impressive showing against Falkirk recently Cummings got the nod, with Morelos still smarting from his Old Firm open-goal miss.

This was the chance for Cummings to stake his claim to be the number one striker. It was a test he failed to pass.

Throughout much of the game, Cummings seemed to be chasing shadows and could not impose himself on the Kilmarnock defence. Some Rangers fans have suggested in the past that  Cummings might be something of a flat track bully, only punishing the smaller teams but disappearing for the big clashes.

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His performance on this occasion did not help to silence those doubters. Morelos will now likely be reinstalled as the club’s number one striker and Cummings faces an uncertain future.

Nottingham Forest, his parent club, are hardly going to be impressed with Cummings’ performances since heading to Ibrox. Rangers fans are certainly not overly impressed, with just the one goal in the Scottish Premiership. Despite Cummings’ previous good record in Scotland, it looks right now that Rangers would be unlikely to sign him permanently.

The 22-year-old will need to show a marked improvement in his performances if he is to secure himself a permanent switch to Glasgow

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Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent will thrive playing under Steven Gerrard at Rangers

The 21-year-old Liverpool winger will join Rangers on a season-long loan.

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Steven Gerrard added a second Liverpool youngster to his Rangers ranks this past week, bringing in 21-year-old winger Ryan Kent on a season-long loan, with

According to Sky Sports, the youngster admitted the Liverpool legend was a huge pulling factor in his move to Scotland,

Kent has struggled to get the game time he needs to improve and progress in his most recent loan spells, which saw the winger play for Bundesliga side Freiburg and Bristol City last season; appearing only 17 times in all competitions between the two.

Nevertheless, there now seems no better step for Kent to take than pitting it out in the Scottish Premiership playing under the Liverpool legend in his first managerial stint.

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Gerrard, will in no doubt give Kent the opportunity to establish himself as a permanent fixture in his first XI and it’s this confidence shown in the youngster’s ability that is now vitally needed for him to progress onto the next stage in his career.

There’s no questioning Kent’s ability and Gerrard will know exactly what the winger is capable of doing and how to get the best out of him; an exciting prospect for Rangers’ fans to consider.

“Playing in front of 50,000 every week, you have got to turn out and perform. Playing on such a big stage, I don’t see how that can’t benefit you for the future.”

Liverpool youngster, Ryan Kent, speaking on his loan move to Rangers.

The 21-year-old possesses all the attributes to be a top class winger; pace to burn, trickery and a flair for dribbling up and down the pitch, which he’ll be able to utilise in the Scottish Premiership.

This is not to say that the Glaswegian side have the final product in Kent just yet and he’ll need the game time to improve his weaknesses.

However, under the guidance of Gerrard, matched with the youngster’s eagerness to be playing week-in, week-out Kent will thrive.

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Rangers £4.75m Martyn Waghorn transfer error clear as Sheffield United loom

Rangers let Martyn Waghorn leave Ibrox last summer and it has proven costly for the Glasgow club.

Mathew Nash

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Sheffield United are reportedly keen on the signature of Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn this summer.

The 28-year-old had an excellent season at Portman Road, scoring 16 goals in 44 league games for the Tractor Boys.

Now, according to the Daily Mail (live blog, 19/07/18, 9.54am), the Blades are willing to pay £5 million for the player.

Such a price-tag must and should sicken Rangers fans.

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Rangers brought Waghorn to Ibrox in 2015 after his time at Wigan Athletic came to an end. A Football League journeyman the move to Glasgow revitalised the forward.

In his debut season at Ibrox, he scored 28 goals in 36 games, helping Rangers win promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

But his form dipped in 2016-17. Despite scoring 16 goals many came against lower league opposition and he was accused of being a flat-track bully.


I spoke to Martyn and we agreed he would maybe have less chances this season.”

 – Former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha after selling Waghorn


Rangers made the move to sell him last summer, with Pedro Caixinha deciding he was worth selling. The fee the Glasgow club got for the striker? According to the East Anglian Daily Times it was just £250,000.

Rangers, therefore, let a now £5m-rated forward go at a valuation swing of £4.75 million. 

Another indicator of the mess Rangers found themselves in last summer. Fans will hope Steven Gerrard continues to steady the ship at Ibrox.

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Arsenal reportedly once wanted Rangers newbie in £10.25m deal

Steven Gerrard has lured the Nigerian to Ibrox and the Rangers star could be a hit in Glasgow.

Mathew Nash

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Rangers have completed the signature of AS Roma forward Umar Sadiq this week. The 6ft 3ins attacker has arrived on a season-long loan deal at Ibrox and will be tasked with adding attacking intent to Steven Gerrard’s side.

The 21-year-old is a top talent and has long been heralded as a star of the future for the Giallorossi. Last season he scored five goals in 12 games for NAC Breda during a loan spell in the Eredivisie. So Rangers are right to be excited.

If Rangers fans are looking for another reason to get excited about the young forward. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, namely Arsenal.

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Back in 2016 La Repubblica, as reported by the International Business Times, suggested that Arsenal had a £10.25 million bid for the player rejected.

It was a move that had Arsenal fans excited, as Sadiq was being tipped as a future star.


“Yes, there is interest from Arsenal but at this moment nothing is done.”

– Umar Sadiq’s agent Mohammed Lawal in 2016


Now it seems that Rangers have got a hold of a player that Arsene Wenger once rated highly enough to make a big bid for. That was not even too long ago, just two years.

If Rangers boss Steven Gerrard can get the best out of Sadiq at Ibrox then they might finally be able to rival Glasgow rivals Celtic in the scoring department next season.

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