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6 Players Rangers Must Attempt To Sign In January

 • by Andrew Gibney
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Life as a Rangers fan can’t be easy this season. Great hope and expectation was lost after Pedro Caixinha’s failed spell as boss and the club have failed to win three straight games this term.

On Wednesday, after losing to Hamilton at home and Dundee away, they put in one of their best displays, beating second-placed Aberdeen 3-0 at Ibrox.

Carlos Peña, who hadn’t played since the 3-0 win over St. Johnstone in October, started and made an impact.

With an unpredictable and sometimes baffling squad of players, plus an interim manager in charge, it’s not easy to predict the future of this team.

Graeme Murty will have done his chances of a permanent appointment no harm, and if the former Reading defender continues to hold the reigns until January, he may be the man making decisions in the winter transfer window.

Here are six players Rangers must try and sign in January:

Rob Hunt: Oldham

Despite the strength of James Tavernier and Declan John, the Glasgow club are a little weak at the full-back role.

With a reported release clause of just £300,000, Oldham’s Rob Hunt could provide needed depth all over the defensive line.

Able to play on either flank, he has even appeared when the Latics have gone to a three-man defence.

Jamie Walker: Hearts

Back in the Hearts team after missing time with a hamstring injury, Craig Levein was delighted to have the 24-year-old back for the goalless draw with Ross County.

“I thought the midfield part was excellent, with Jamie Walker probably playing his best game of the season.”

Walker is someone who always wants the ball, and can make a huge difference in the final third, the sort of impact sometimes missing in the Gers midfield.

Simon Murray: Hibs

After playing for Montrose, Arbroath and Dundee United, Murray had gone from the Scottish Third Division to the Championship and was rewarded with a move to Hibs in the summer.

The 25-year-old has adapted again, something he has done at every step, and with seven goals to his name, only Alfredo Morelos and Louis Moult have managed more.

Contracted till 2019, he is not a player the Edinburgh club will let go easily. After scoring at Ibrox in August, the Gers know exactly the type of striker they’d be landing.

Graeme Shinnie: Aberdeen

With 14 appearances for the Dons this season, Shinnie has shown to be one of the better creative influences in the Premiership.

He has managed 29 crosses from the left this term, Kieran Tierney is the league leader with 57, but the Celtic youngster is an exceptional talent.

What makes him very useful is the fact he’s played most recently at defensive midfield, filling in at left-back.

Taking away Aberdeen’s captain, the team sitting above Rangers in the table, would be the sort of statement needed from the Glasgow giants.

Jordan Jones: Kilmarnock

A former Middlesbrough youth product, Jordan Jones signed for Kilmarnock on a free in 2016.

Able to play down the left-flank and in the final third, he is blossoming into a talented Premiership player. This season alone he has added three goals and two assists for the Ayrshire club.

Still only 23 years old and out of contract in 2019, he could be an excellent pick up at Ibrox and add to their attacking power.

James Morrison: West Brom

Declaring your love for either of the Old Firm will always see you become a transfer target eventually, Morrison is no different.

“I could definitely see myself playing in Scotland. I’m a bit of a Rangers man so it would be nice to play there one day.

“The Old Firm games are quality and I try and get up there as much as I can to watch them.The Ibrox lads have sorted me out with tickets a few times.”

Now 31 years old, he has only featured four times for the Baggies this season – mostly due to an Achillies issue, but as Alan Pardew starts to reshape the Midlands club, Morrison  may need to look elsewhere.

Players who know the club, grew up supporting their team, then going on to play at Ibrox are worth every penny, especially when they are looking to win over the fans.

You can’t put a price on bringing home one of your own.

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