By Joe Ellis

15th Jun, 2022 | 9:10pm

Rangers should make very big offer to sign Cameron Archer from Aston Villa

Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs to add another striker to his Rangers armoury and he is already being linked with summer transfer moves.

One of the number nines the Dutchman is keen to bring to Ibrox is Aston Villa’s 20-year-old starlet Cameron Archer but they face competition from Watford and Middlesbrough [talkSPORT correspondent Alex Crook on Twitter].

Luckily for the Light Blues, their former manager Steven Gerrard is currently at the helm at Villa Park and could offer the Bears a sweetened deal for him to get regular game time at such a high level.

But for now, Archer looks likely to join Gerrard and the rest of the Aston Villa senior team on their pre-season tour of Australia despite the interest being shown in him, according to Daily Mail journalist Tom Collomosse on Twitter.

The Villains could however be tempted to part ways with the England Under-21 international, who has scored four goals in four games for Lee Carsley’s side, if a very big offer comes in for him this summer.

This could well be the perfect opportunity for van Bronckhorst to sort out his striker issues once and for all even if it takes a large portion of his transfer budget to do so.

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Alfredo Morelos is not guaranteed to be sticking around for much longer with just 12 months left on his Ibrox contract and Kemar Roofe has hardly set the world alight in the Colombian’s absence.

Joe Aribo was adequate as a false nine when both were out injured but adequate isn’t good enough for Rangers to usurp Celtic and reclaim the Scottish Premiership title.

We should be aiming for another big year in all competitions but with more silverware to show for it come the end of May and to do that, we need a hungry, young forward who has goals coming out of his ear and that needs to be Archer, even if we need to twist Gerrard’s arm to get him here.

In other Rangers news, another goal-scoring number nine wants to come to Ibrox but he is not near the top of van Bronckhorst’s priority list.