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Rangers urged to sign a ‘Mark Hateley’-type striker this summer, 6ft 2in Brit identified

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Rangers urged to sign a ‘Mark Hateley’-type striker this summer, 6ft 2in Brit identified

Glasgow Rangers have been urged by Gary McSwegan to sign a player in the mould of Ibrox cult hero Mark Hateley this summer, in conversation with Herald Scotland.

The former Rangers striker reckons Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove would fit the bill for Steven Gerrard’s side as a great foil for Ibrox talisman Alfredo Morelos.

The England-born marksman has been impressive for the Dons this term, having netted 23 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions prior to the Scottish top-flight coming to a premature end.

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“I still think Rangers need a different type, a bigger striker, up there as well,” McSwegan told Herald Scotland.

 

“I look at Aberdeen and the problems that Sam Cosgrove caused for teams last season. He is the right size, gets into the right places and is effective. Rangers haven’t had that and I think he could have made a difference in some games.

“They certainly need somebody of that type who can allow them to change it. I mean a Mark Hateley type, somebody who can be physical in the box and pose a threat from crosses.”

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The way in which Rangers’ domestic season imploded after the winter break showed that a plan B was needed, and McSwegan noted how the Light Blues haven’t been too clinical in terms of converting crosses whipped into the box.

This is something Cosgrove, a strong and physical 6ft 2in striker, could certainly help with, and he’s no flash in the pan either – in 2018-19, he scored 21 goals, and has been linked with some English Championship sides in the past, so he’s certainly worth a look.

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