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Rangers: Stevie Clifford shares concerns over January transfer latest at Ibrox



Stevie Clifford is “absolutely desperate” for Rangers to sign a new striker and says it will be a “failure” on the board’s behalf if one is not brought in.


The Gers moved swiftly to sign Fabio Silva on loan from Wolves ahead of the January window opening, but no other players have arrived since then.


Indeed, with Sam Lammers departing to Utrecht on loan, Rangers are effectively where they were a few weeks ago in terms of squad depth – albeit Silva is an upgrade.

Speaking on The Rangers Review podcast [19 January, 7m 58s], Clifford said the lack of any sort of transfer speculation is of concern.


He added: “The bottom line is that, if they don’t strengthen and if they don’t back Philippe Clement, it’s a failure on behalf of the board.


“That’s how everyone will see it, whether that’s fair or not. People will say we spent £20million odd in the summer, which I get.


“But you have to back the manager when he gets you back into [the title race]. If they don’t there will be some criticism of the board.


“I’m desperate for someone to be brought in who can score goals – absolutely desperate.


“It’s so bad that names are being linked who are not good enough, but in your mind you just want somebody who can put the ball in the net.”


Two weeks to go


These are views that are shared by every Rangers supporter. Clement has worked wonders to drag us back into the title race and we cannot let this opportunity pass us by.


While left-back is a position that will need seriously looking at in the summer, for now a player who can score a goal every other game at the very least is required.



Lawrence Shankland may not set pulses racing, but the Hearts striker knows how to find the net at this level and also has experience of playing in Europe.


For now, that is exactly what the Gers need. Other names across the continent may tick other boxes, but we have seen on the back of last summer’s transfer business that casting the net further afield does not always pay off.


What should be noted is that there are still two weeks of the window to go, and the club may well have a few different plates spinning.


As long as a new striker is brought in by February 1, nobody can complain.

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