Ferguson claims Rangers may have signed wrong Hibs striker
Rangers completed the signing of Florian Kamberi from Scottish Premiership rivals Hibernian on loan until the end of the season last week.
It was a necessary addition after the injury suffered by striker Jermain Defoe, but it certainly wasn’t a headline-grabbing signing.
The 24-year-old is a decent enough player who will provide solid back-up to Alfredo Morelos, but with just eight goals this campaign he’s hardly in red-hot form.
He’s not been bad by any means, of course, but Morelos is unlikely to be quaking in his boots at the thought of Kamberi taking his starting spot.
Former Ibrox favourite Barry Ferguson feels that his old team might have bought the wrong Hibs striker, reflecting on Christian Doidge bagging his 15th of the season last time out.
“I seen the highlights. St Mirren were good for their 2-0 up to the stage where they allowed Hibs back into the game with Scott Allan scoring the goal,” he said on PLZ Soccer, as per the Scottish Sun.
“And then the guy who couldn’t score the first three or four months of the season [Doidge]. That’s a great header, I watched it, his movement in the box was great and a great finish. I think Rangers maybe took the wrong one.”
Is Ferguson right, here?
It’s hard to say. I don’t think Rangers were going out looking for a bona-fide number one striker last week, because they already have one in Morelos.
Kamberi is pretty much a stopgap, to serve as added depth up front until Defoe returns. That’s all this was, so perhaps Steven Gerrard thought Doidge was less well-suited to the role.
You don’t necessarily want someone who is in sparkling form who’s going to demand regular first team football.
Gerrard will have been keen to get a quality, Scottish Premiership-proven frontman, but one who knows he’s there to help back Morelos up.
He’s probably got that in Kamberi, so he likely won’t be losing any sleep over getting him rather than Doidge.
In other Rangers news, a former England international has claimed that a Gers star will be hugely in-demand this summer.