Date: 6th December 2018 at 5:44pm
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OPINION

Rangers must attempt to pull off an audacious swoop to sign Braga forward Dyego Sousa in the January transfer window.

The 29-year-old has been in red-hot form this season for Braga and is currently leading the race for the golden boot in Portugal’s top tier with seven goals in 11 league appearances.

Sousa has been a proven source of goals for Braga since they signed him last year, with the Brazilian scoring a total of 23 times in 43 appearances across all competitions.

He even proved himself to be lethal against Premier League opposition in the summer when he found the net in a 4-0 pre-season friendly win against Newcastle United.

Rangers really need to bolster their strike force in the summer, especially as there have been plenty reports about Umar Sadiq being sent back to Roma.

Kyle Lafferty has failed to produce since returning to Ibrox earlier this year and Alfredo Morelos’ disciplinary issues mean that Steven Gerrard needs to be able to rely on a back-up striker who can come into the side and score for fun.

Unfortunately for Lafferty, the Northern Ireland international has not even put any kind of pressure on Morelos for his spot in the starting line-up, so January is the time for Gerrard to spend money on strengthening his depth and adding some serious competition to get into his matchday 11.

Standing at 6ft 3in tall (transfermarkt), Sousa would be the ideal replacement for Sadiq if he went back to Roma and a big upgrade on mis-firing Lafferty.

The Braga striker is super physical and although he is not the fastest, he is someone who could make a really good strike partner with Morelos if Gerrard ever considered changing up his formation.

However what is most important about a January signing is that you sign a player who is in form, and there is no one in Portugal who is in better form in front of goal than Sousa is right now.

Ibrox will roar if Gerrard and Mark Allen are able to lure Sousa to Ibrox in January, and they must work hard to make that a reality.