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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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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.

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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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Joe Hart would surely pick Rangers over Celtic in Old Firm choice

Joe Hart has been linked with a Steven Gerrard reunion at Ibrox and Rangers should be his only choice if heading to Glasgow.

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Joe Hart is set to leave Manchester City this summer. The club want to let the former England number one leave permanently to give him a chance to play regularly elsewhere. Owing him for his service to the club, they are set to allow a move anywhere for the stopper- who has had two mediocre loan spells at Torino and West Ham respectively.

Two teams that have been linked with the stopper are Celtic and Rangers. As reported by the Scottish Sun, the Old Firm pair are among the favourites to sign the keeper this summer.

It would, of course, need to see Hart take a massive pay cut but a move to Glasgow might be exactly what Hart needs. That is, if he moved to Ibrox.

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If Hart is to leave for Glasgow, then Rangers is where he should go.

Celtic would still have Craig Gordon standing in Hart’s way at Parkhead. Rangers, on the other hand, need a new stopper. It appears Steven Gerrard is not a fan of Wes Foderingham and Rangers, therefore, do have a gap in the goalkeeping department.

Hart would be the perfect man to fill it. With 75 caps for his nation the City stopper has bags of experience at the top level and Gerrard, a former England colleague, will know all too well what Hart can bring to the team.

If he does end up having to choose between Celtic and Rangers then it is a no-brainer for the struggling stopper. Ibrox would be the perfect location to get his career back on track.

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Oli McBurnie ready for Swansea campaign after summer of transfer rumours

Rangers wanted to bring him to Ibrox whilst Leeds reportedly wanted him at Elland Road.

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This summer saw Oli McBurnie strongly linked with a move away from Swansea City. The two clubs perhaps most strongly linked with his signature were Leeds United and Rangers. With good reason as well.

First of all, both sides needed strikers. In Leeds’ case, the West Yorkshire city is home to McBurnie. He also played under the manager at Leeds before the start of June Paul Heckingbottom at Barnsley.

Rangers also made sense. They needed a cheap striker and McBurnie, a Scotland, is a huge Rangers fan. A move to Ibrox would have been a dream come true for the player.

But it seems that any lingering hope any team had for McBurnie heading to Leeds or Glasgow is now over. The striker has bequeathed his services to Swansea this season. He spoke of his excitement at playing with the club in the Championship next term on their official website.

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Leeds fans had already accepted that McBurnie was not heading their way. At the start of May, the YEP reported how Leeds were ‘hot for’ the striker, who scored 19 goals in 36 games for Swansea’s under-23s and Barnsley last season.

But as soon as Heckingbottom got the sack a deal looked unlikely.

Rangers were still being linked as recently as June. The self-proclaimed fan of the club McBurnie was waxing lyrical about Steven Gerrard’s appointment in the Daily Record.

But Rangers, as well as Leeds, have missed out. McBurnie will now be hoping to find the net and the starting XI regularly at Swansea City next season.

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