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Rangers should target Matty Willock if Sean Goss is off the table

the pair used to live together when at Manchester United, could Rangers bring at least one of them to Ibrox in the summer.

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Rangers have been in fine form recently. The Glasgow side are pushing their Old Firm rivals Celtic in the title race for the first time since they won their way back to the top-flight of Scottish football. This weekend, when they clash in the Old Firm derby, Rangers will not be written off from the start.

One player who has been key to their success is Sean Goss. The midfielder arrived on loan from Queens Park Rangers in January. The 22-year-old has been fantastic since making the move and Rangers boss Graeme Murty has made no secret of his desire to sign him permanently.

QPR however are not set to allow Goss leave in the summer. Ian Holloway sees the former Manchester United talent as a future star at Loftus Road and has made it clear, Goss is going nowhere.

during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Milton Keynes Dons at Loftus Road on January 6, 2018 in London, England.

Bad news for Rangers, but perhaps they can go for his former team-mate and flat-mate instead.

Goss used to share a house with midfielder Matty Willock when the pair were at Manchester United together – as reported by the Herald.

Willock himself is still at United, but is in fact out on loan at a Scottish Premiership club. Willock has featured four times for the Perth side since ending a spell at Utrecht in Holland to make the move.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 24: Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old has impressed at St Johnstone so far and is a very talented young midfielder. A strong and mobile player with an eye for a pass, he is similar in playing style to Goss – who has become so popular at Ibrox.

Rangers would certainly be wise to keep tabs on the form of Willock in Scottish football. If the young Manchester United midfielder can begin to put a stamp on his time north of the border than Rangers might do well bringing him to Ibrox, if his old pal is as off limits as QPR say he is.

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Rangers fans react to Wes Foderingham absence on Twitter

Rangers’ usual number one was not in the squad at Ibrox this weekend.

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Rangers picked up a crucial win in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon. Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias in the second half secured all three points for Rangers at Ibrox. Christophe Berra’s finish for Hearts proved to be a mere consolation.

There was, however, some noticeable absentees from the Rangers starting XI. Alfredo Morelos and Greg Docherty, who were involved in an argument with each other in last week’s woeful Old Firm performance, were both dropped. Andy Halliday, who publicly vented his frustrations at Rangers manager Graeme Murty last week, was also left out There was also no place in the starting XI for regular keeper Wes Foderingham.

The 27-year-old Englishman was not in the squad for the game with Jak Alnwick starting and Liam Kelly taking his place on the bench.

Rangers confirmed before and after the game that Foderingham was missing with a shoulder concern. So, unlike the others dropped, this seemed to be a decision taken out of Murty’s hands. However, that did not stop the conspiracy theorists from having something of a field day on the matter.

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However, many Rangers fans were happy to see Foderingham out of the starting XI.

Despite recently talking about his chances of playing for the senior England team, a number of Rangers fans clearly feel that is somewhat beyond the talents of their keeper.

Fans at Rangers feel that sometimes Foderingham, for all his shot-stopping ability, is lacking in other areas. His command of the box can be weak and his distribution is often hurried and frustrating.

Whilst many Rangers fans were pleased to see Foderingham out of the starting XI, it was hardly the universal feeling. ‘Fod’ still has a lot of support amongst the Rangers fanbase but it certainly seems as though many were happy for him to be getting a break, even if was not optional.

Of course, the man who replaced him, Alnwick, is hardly a popular option at Ibrox either so Rangers may need to look at the goalkeeper position a little carefully this summer.

Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter…

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Bruno Alves showed leadership qualities, so why didn’t he start Old Firm debacle?

The Portuguese international is probably wondering what he got himself into with a move to Ibrox.

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For Rangers fans, the weekend’s events have signalled what for them is the end of Graeme Murty’s chances of taking charge at Ibrox in the long-term. The caretaker, who had led Rangers to some good form at the start of the year, saw his side put in an abject display as Celtic ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in an Old Firm cup semi-final.

It was not just the events on the pitch that caused a stir. Murty appears to have lost the dressing room. After Andy Halliday laid into him with a verbal tirade after being subbed by Murty, reports soon emerged of a clash after the game as well.

It is reported that club veterans Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace got into a heated argument with Murty. Clearly, it was a serious incident, as the pair have since been suspended by the club.

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With David Bates agreeing on a move to Hamburg, Alfredo Morelos and Greg Docherty getting into their own spat and Daniel Candeias storming down the tunnel it has been a shambolic week for the Glasgow club.

But one man who came out of this awful mess with a lot of credit is Portuguese defender Bruno Alves.

The 36-year-old centre-back, who has 95 caps for the Portuguese national team, is probably wondering what he has got himself into since heading to Ibrox. But on Sunday he was the peacemaker and showed brilliant leadership traits, without even playing.

He was the man trying to console the vitriolic Halliday after he was subbed off. Then he was the man who stepped in to stop Docherty and Morelos from coming to blows.

It does, however, beg the question, why wasn’t Alves playing?

This is a man who has played in massive games all over Europe. He has even played in one of the only derbies that can nearly rival the Old Firm in Istanbul.

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The veteran is a big game player and the decision not to play him from the start against Celtic, in hindsight, made little sense.

A proven leader, with big game experience, he would have surely put in a better performance than what Rangers were dealt up.

He has not been excellent since his arrival in the summer, but these are the games he thrives in and his leadership could have been crucial in this clash.

Then again, so would have Kenny Miller’s.

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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.

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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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