By Pranav Shahaney

9th Jul, 2022 | 8:10pm

Alan Nixon shares Rangers stance on English attacker Oladapo Afolayan

Rangers pursuit of Bolton Wanderers attacker Oladapo Afolayan is reportedly contingent on Ryan Kent’s future.

According to Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Gers signed Tom Lawrence to replace Joe Aribo and that does not affect their quest to sign Afolayan.

Should Kent part ways with the club this summer then they will look to make a move for the 23-year-old English forward.

When asked about this on Twitter, Nixon responded, “I would equate Lawrence with Aribo and Dapo with Kent.”

Not needed

If Kent leaves and that’s a big if, Rangers should sign players better than those in the third tier of English football.

They are a Europa League club and could even qualify for the Champions League next season and should target players of that stature.

Dapo has been labelled as “outstanding” by Bolton manager Ian Evatt, but he’s not used to playing at a level comparable to the SPFL.

Gers will at least get eight figures from Kent’s sale and they must spend that much on a top attacking player who can replace his goals and overall impact on the game.

We do not think that the 23-year-old is tailor-made for this side and he will struggle to establish himself as a first-team regular.

Hopefully, the club do not sell Kent, but in case they do, the Bolton attacker will not be the first name on our list to replace him.

In other Rangers news, Celtic and the Gers are at loggerheads over a record-breaking SPFL midfielder and a bid for him has already been tabled.