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Rangers must bring back Ross McCormack and rectify Paul Le Guen mistake

The Frenchman sold McCormack to Motherwell when he was 19-years-old.

Mathew Coull

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It looks likely that Scottish striker Ross McCormack will be leaving Aston Villa this summer. In fact, it has even been reported by The Telegraph that the Championship side are considering a mutual termination to his contract in the summer.

So should Rangers consider exorcising some demons of the past, and bring McCormack back to Ibrox?

McCormack joined Rangers in 2002 and was considered one of the hottest prospects at the Glasgow club. After making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2004 he looked like being a star of the future at Ibrox. However, with the likes of Dado Prso, Nacho Novo and Kris Boyd blocking his pathway, the youngster did not have a chance.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – NOVEMBER 23: Ross McCormack of Rangers scores the equalising goal during the UEFA Champions League Grouup H match between FC Porto and Glasgow Rangers on November 23, 2005 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Then came infamous Rangers manager Paul Le Guen. One of the least liked Gers bosses in history, the Frenchman decided McCormack had no future in his Ibrox regime. His desire to prove Le Guen wrong was something the Scot alluded to after he joined Motherwell, telling the BBC:

“It’s not up to me to say he should have given me a chance, but he didn’t.

“I’m disappointed, but these things happen and it is up to me to bounce back and prove a few people wrong.”

Since then Rangers have been left to rue the decision of the Frenchman, who was only at Ibrox for seven months.

McCormack has scored goals galore in English football during spells with Cardiff City, Leeds United and Fulham. Whilst his Aston Villa run has been forgettable, he did score 14 goals in 17 games for Australian outfit Melbourne City during a recent loan spell – so he still has it.

Rangers now have the perfect opportunity to bring him back. Available on a free and looking to kickstart his career, returning to Ibrox would be the perfect move for McCormack.

Of course, he would need to take a wage cut, but other players have proved a willingness to do so in order to play for a club of Rangers prestige.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Ross McCormack of Melbourne celebrates a goal during the round 15 A-League match between the Perth Glory and Melbourne City FC at nib Stadium on January 9, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Some mitigating factors exist. Since leaving Rangers the striker has admitted to being a boyhood Celtic fan, which will not sit well with certain pockets of support.

Another will be the new Rangers manager. If the Gers were to appoint Steve Clarke, that would be a huge boost. The Kilmarnock manager worked with McCormack during his first few months at Villa. But Clarke is adamant he is going nowhere and whoever Rangers do appoint may not share the nostalgia for McCormack that he likely would.

But the fact is McCormack is a goal-machine in England when red hot. Rangers, who currently have Alfredo Morelos and loanee Jason Cummings up top, need some striking reinforcements.

Bringing in the man cut aside by Le Guen as a 19-year-old, who has since scored 161 professional goals, would be a brilliant coup for Rangers this summer.

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Steven Gerrard tempting Lucas Leiva to Rangers would be huge coup

The Brazilian midfielder is being linked with a move to Glasgow for a second summer.

Josh Kerr

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When Steven Gerrard was unveiled as the new Rangers boss over a fortnight ago, fans finally believed they may have found the man to rekindle the ambition and hunger that had been lost at the club in recent years.

The former Liverpool legend has already been linked with brining a number of high profile names to Ibrox and his former teammate Lucas Leiva is the latest being linked with a move to Glasgow.

According to the Scottish Sun, Gerrard is considering making a move for the Brazilian midfielder, who he played alongside across a spell of eight years at Liverpool.

Reports also confirm that Leiva is keen on the idea of being reunited with his former captain, and considering his vast Premier League experience, the midfielder would likely prove a strong addition for the Gers.

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Despite Lazio being reluctant to sell their player, the 31-year-old needs to make the most of his final years in football and the chance of being part of Gerrard’s revolution in Scotland could just be enough to convince him to leave Serie A.

The former Liverpool man made 346 appearances for the Merseyside outfit and quickly became a fan favourite for the club. He also has 24 caps for Brazil to his name and, despite not being proven in front of goal, he still has enough in the tank to be an effective asset in Scotland.

Should Rangers manage to sign Leiva, it would be a huge statement.

Luring a proven player away from Serie A would be surprising enough, but considering Brendan Rodgers had hoped to bring him to Celtic just a year ago, it would show just how big an impact Gerrard is already having on the balance of power between the two Glasgow sides.

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Difficult Rangers spell puts Jason Cummings’ Nottingham Forest future in doubt

The 22-year-old made just nine starts at Ibrox.

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Jason Cummings’ loan move from Nottingham Forest has come to an end, with the striker returning to his parent club from Rangers. However, his time at Ibrox has failed to give supporters a reason to demand he is kept in Glasgow on a permanent deal.

According to the Scottish Sun, Forest boss Aitor Karanka believes Cummings no longer has a future at the club due to his lack of game time in Scotland. He made just nine starts in all for the Gers, coming off the bench on a further nine occasions in a disappointing loan spell.

The 22-year-old striker arrived at Ibrox with lofty expectations, but he failed to establish himself as a regular in the Gers’ first team and spent more time on the sidelines than he did on the pitch.

The Scotland international netted six goals in total but, despite showing signs of his promising talent, he didn’t demonstrate why new manager Steven Gerrard should acquire his services on a full-time basis.

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Cummings was brilliant for Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian before his move to Forest in the summer of 2017, for a fee, according to the Nottingham Post, to be in the region of £1 million.

Gerrard was brought in to improve on the quality already at the club and, considering the Liverpool legend’s name and reputation, he will feel he can bring in better players than Cummings.

This must now leave the striker worrying about his future with his parent club, who could quite conceivably be tempted to part company with a player who has only scored once in 14 appearances for the two-time European Cup winners.

Once one of Scotland’s most promising strikers, Cummings is facing exile from both of his represented clubs and will be seriously worried as to what the future holds.

Despite struggling to make an impact for the Gers, the two-time Scotland international possesses undeniable talent. If Rangers feel he hasn’t justified a permanent deal, another loan move could bring the best out of the once-promising striker.

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Liverpool should turn to Steven Gerrard and Rangers to solve their Rhian Brewster problem

Liverpool are struggling to keep the teenager, but a move to Ibrox would see him work with new Rangers boss and Kop legend in Glasgow.

Mathew Coull

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Liverpool are facing something of a battle to keep hold of their star young striker Rhian Brewster. The young England talent, who was sensational for England’s under-17s in their World Cup triumph last summer, has been heavily linked with a move to German side Borussia Monchengladbach. In fact, the approach from the Bundesliga outfit has been anything but amicable.

Liverpool know they have a top talent in their hands in the form of Brewster, but he obviously fears for his first-team opportunities at Anfield.

What Liverpool need to do is present the young striker with a clear vision for his future and it should involve club legend, Steven Gerrard.

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The former Liverpool captain has recently taken his first steps into management with Scottish giants Rangers. Now he will be looking to improve his options at Ibrox, as they look to catch Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Brewster has in fact been linked with a move to Gerrard’s Glasgow rivals, but it would be a better move for the teenager to head to Ibrox.

Under the guidance of former Liverpool under-18 boss Gerrard the striker would be more likely to play first-team football.

The deal would offer the talented striker what he wants, regular first-team football. Rangers would be happy with any deal. His arrival would be welcomed and would add some fresh firepower to the attacking ranks at Rangers.

(during the International Friendly match between Sydney FC and Liverpool FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will know he is in the trusted hands of a club legend who will do all he can to ensure Brewster continues to mature, all whilst hopefully improving Rangers’ frontline.

Presenting a full plan for his development would give Brewster the desire he needs to remain at Liverpool. Heading to Ibrox would then be a perfect opportunity for him to start finding the net and adapting to the men’s game.

A Rangers loan switch makes perfect sense for all parties.

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