By Pranav Shahaney

21st Jun, 2022 | 6:10pm

PAOK respond as Rangers submit bid to sign striker Antonio Colak

PAOK have reportedly rejected bid from Rangers to sign striker Antonio Colak as they look to complete a major signing in the final third.

According to Greek publication Sport Time journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos, Gers have seen their first offer for the 28-year-old turned down.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Alfredo Morelos’ Ibrox future, the 55-time SPFL champions are looking to rope in a replacement in the initial days of the summer window.

Chorianopoulos said via his personal Twitter account, “Rangers have bid rejected for PAOK forward Antonio Čolak.”

Underwhelming numbers

The 28-year-old is a target at Ibrox, but the club can surely do better if they’re looking to replace a player of Morelos’ calibre.

The Colombian has been the one who’s bailed Rangers out time and again, especially when the team have not been in sync and struggled to get a result over the line.

If their answer is to replace him with a striker from the Greek league who’s struggling to score goals domestically, then it’s pretty shameful by Ross Wilson.

In 36 games in all competitions last season, he only managed to find the back of the net on eight occasions – five of which game in the early rounds of Champions League qualifying.

He failed to register a single goal in Super League 1 and only managed to score twice in eight play-off games.

This is clearly not the level of striker that will excite the Ibrox faithful and he must only be signed if he’s there to be a backup to the first choice.

In other Rangers news, contract talks with a key player have hit a new impasse with a summer exit now on the cards.