Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke could be the ideal signing for Rangers following manager Steven Gerrard’s latest comments.
Despite beating Hibernian 6-1 in their latest Scottish Premiership outing, Gerrard has hinted he needs more support upfront.
Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick while substitute Alfredo Morelos added two more in the rout. Yet Gerrard doesn’t want to rely on just two forwards.
“There is maybe an argument that we need a third striker, but we have other options who can play there,” the 39-year-old told the Daily Record.
“For us to have success here, we can’t rely on one striker.”
The report says that Gerrard “trusts the English market” and can of course still sign players from the Premier League and Championship – despite their transfer window now being closed.
With a busy schedule coming up – especially if Gers reach the Europa League group stage – then strength in depth throughout the squad will be important.
Why Leon Clarke could be a good option for Rangers
Blades boss Chris Wilder sent a warning to the five players still on the transfer list at Bramall Lane. Wilder told them, via an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield, to “go and get a club.”
The 51-year-old admits he is annoyed that they haven’t already left and has accused some of prioritising money over playing.
As the Sheffield Star reports, Clarke is among those transfer-listed. The 34-year-old has not been given a squad number as United take part in their first season in the top flight in 12 years.
As previously stated, Clarke has missed his opportunity if he wants to play in the top two tiers in England. A move to League One and Two remains an option until early September. However, having spent the second half of last term on loan at Wigan Athletic he may consider that a step down.
Yet a switch to Scotland could be a possibility. Clarke may not be in the same bracket as Defoe or even Morelos, but he did score 19 Championship goals as recently as 2018/19 to prove he can still cut it at a high level.
As a backup he represents a solid option for Rangers.