Rangers Eye Oli McBurnie on Free Transfer as Ibrox Rebuild Looms

Rangers manager Philippe Clement is preparing for a busy summer transfer window as he looks to reshape the squad within a tight budget. One potential target could be striker Oli McBurnie, who has long harbored a dream of playing for his boyhood club.

McBurnie, a self-proclaimed “big Rangers fan,” is out of contract with recently relegated Sheffield United. The 27-year-old Scotland international recently spoke about his desire to play for Rangers: “Growing up, I was always a big Rangers fan and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” McBurnie said. “Listen, it’s a special club. Have you ever been to the Old Firm? I’ve been to plenty of Old Firms and I’ve never experienced a game like it.”

However, according to journalist Alan Nixon, McBurnie might face competition for his dream move. Turkish club Antalyspor is reportedly interested in offering the striker a contract as he recovers from a groin injury.

With McBurnie available on a free transfer, Rangers could see him as a cost-effective option to bolster their attacking options. But the Gers will have to act quickly if they want to secure the services of a player who has publicly expressed his desire to wear the blue of Rangers.

Should Rangers sign Oli McBurnie?

McBurnie is a controversial striker. Except for this season, his move to Sheffield United for £20 million has not been very successful, even though they got promoted to the Premier League.

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Strikers are all about goals, and McBurnie just hasn’t scored enough. He can score sometimes, but Rangers need a better player, not someone who might or might not do well.

When Steven Gerrard first wanted to sign McBurnie, McBurnie was playing well and had the potential to get even better. But since then, he’s been injured a lot and hasn’t played well very often.

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Rangers need a striker who can stay healthy and score goals regularly. McBurnie runs hard, but that’s not enough for Rangers. If coach Philippe Clement wants to improve the team, he needs a better striker.


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