It is thought that Rangers will not pursue a transfer for Sochi striker Mateo Cassierra.
That’s the view of Rangers Review writer Joshua Barrie, who has been speaking on the website’s YouTube channel amid rumours linking the Ibrox club with the Colombian frontman.
Russian pundit Roman Naguchev told Sport24 that the Gers had already made contact with the Russian Premier League outfit over signing the player, who has previously worked with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s assistant Dave Vos at Jong Ajax.
The 25-year-old enjoyed Dutch second-tier success, but has since moved on and scored 14 goals in 22 league appearances this season, including a hat-trick on the final day against Dynamo Moscow.
However, despite the need for a regular goalscorer at Ibrox, Barrie doesn’t expect the sharp-shooter to sign.
He said: “I think that the transfer is unlikely, simply because Rangers will prioritise spending money elsewhere, you’d imagine. But I think Rangers need a striker; regardless [of] if Morelos and Roofe stay, I think Rangers need a striker.”
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As Barrie said himself, Van Bronckhorst needs to bring in a centre-forward, but perhaps the Sky Sports contributor feels the board will allocate funds elsewhere.
However, given the fitness issues of Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe, Ross Wilson and his fellow executives must surely be looking at recruiting a talismanic figure that could fire the Ibrox outfit back to the Scottish Premiership title.
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Sunderland’s Ross Stewart has been named, but he’s likely to command a much heftier sum than the £4.05m-rated Cassierra.
However, discussions may prove difficult, with the Daily Record (via Football Scotland) reporting that a transfer is ‘not imminent’.