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Rangers should roll the dice on Karlan Grant: Jermain Defoe’s potential successor

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Rangers should roll the dice on Karlan Grant: Jermain Defoe’s potential successor

Karlan Grant is impressing at Charlton Athletic.

Rangers have solved their short-term striker worries this window by bringing in veteran striker Jermain Defoe.

The 36-year-old puts pen to paper on an 18-month loan deal at Ibrox. Defoe will compete with 14-goal star striker Alfredo Morelos, but it pushes Kyle Lafferty down the pecking order.

As well as addressing the immediate problem of scoring goals, Rangers need to look to the long-term future.

And according to The Scottish Sun, Charlton Athletic striker Karlan Grant is a target for the Gers. The 21-year-old’s contract at The Valley expires in the summer and Rangers are pondering a pre-contract agreement.

 

For a bargain price (Charlton would be owed a small amount of compensation), this could be a shrewd long-term plan for Rangers.

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The London-born attacker came through the ranks at Charlton and had scored seven senior goals for the Addicks before this season.

But under Lee Bowyer, Grant is using the 2018/19 season as his major breakthrough campaign. The youngster has netted an impressive 13 goals during this campaign to aid Charlton’s push for promotion.

By the time Defoe’s loan spell comes to an end, he will be approaching his 38th birthday, while Lafferty is in his 30s now and Morelos is bound to attract attention in the summer.

Grant’s arrival in the summer could give him a season to compete with Defoe before taking the role as Rangers’ main striker.

With Ryan Hardie, Zak Rudden and Grant on their books, the future looks bright even if they lose Morelos.

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