By Joe Ellis

22nd Apr, 2022 | 4:10pm

Jacob Brown urged to reject Rangers switch to stay at Stoke City

With Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe both injured, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is realising how light Rangers are in the striker department.

Fashion Sakala and Cedric Itten are the most likely duo to start for the Gers ahead of a crucial two week period but neither are anywhere near the level of those sidelined with injuries.

In the transfer market, the Light Blues are reportedly searching for a new talisman and the most recent links from Football League World suggest that Stoke City’s Jacob Brown is the man they’re after.

Former Stoke defender Mike Pejic though has urged the 24-year-old Englishman to stay in the Potteries for another year and reject a move to Ibrox.

“Stoke City should keep him. Don’t turn your head, keep learning your trade in the Championship for now” Pejic said in the Stoke Sentinel.

“He has improved considerably this season through his experience and that’s an ongoing process. The higher you go, the tighter it’s going to be so you have to be sharper in your thinking and your actions.

“You have to sense areas and your movement is so important.”

One to consider

Brown might not be the first name you would think of as a viable Morelos replacement but maybe that is why he would be the perfect candidate.

He wouldn’t be available for a small price but he won’t cost tens of millions of pounds either and given how he has started to find a serious run of form in the Championship, he could do some damage in the Scottish Premiership.

The main thing to consider though is the Gers’ ambitions in Europe with a Europa League semi-final this season and more on the wishlist in the future.

Brown isn’t going to be a player who is good enough to play continental football unless it’s against some minnows in a very early qualifying round of the competition.

So with van Bronckhorst and the Bears chasing Champions League football, they could do with cutting any ties with Brown unless they get to deadline day and they still haven’t brought anybody in up top.

In other Rangers news, Rather than Itten or Sakala, maybe this Gers outcast could be the answer to their immediate striker issues.