By Joe Ellis

22nd Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rangers want to sign Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone, currently lead race

Rangers are in a two-horse race to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Patrick Cutrone with Spanish side Celta Vigo, according to Calcio Mercato.

The 24-year-old spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Empoli in Serie A but scored just three goals in 28 matches and is now entering the final year of his contract at Molineux.

Cutrone, a one-time Italy international, is firmly out of favour in the Midlands having made just 14 Premier League appearances for Wolves since his arrival in 2019 just months after Gennaro Gattuso had very high praise for him.

The Valencia boss, who was AC Milan manager, said in 2018, “Like Inzaghi, He is Cutrone, a player in my opinion with precise characteristics, however similar they are,” as quoted by Sky Sports Italy.

Celta Vigo are keen to make a permanent move for the 24-year-old but whether Rangers will opt for the same or a loan approach is to be seen as the saga develops.

Next level

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already brought a new striker to Ibrox this summer in Antonio Colak but that has clearly not stopped him from trying to find another potent number nine.

He perhaps could be worried about losing Alfredo Morelos at some stage in this window with the Colombian in a similar contract dilemma to Cutrone.

If the 25-year-old does leave after being the standout star of Scottish football ever since he arrived in Glasgow, Rangers would be back at square one in that department in having one top striker and an injury-prone backup in Kemar Roofe.

The Bears suffered at the end of last season in having to play Joe Aribo as a false nine because there was a lack of depth and they don’t want to suffer the same fate again.

Cutrone may not have the best goal-scoring record throughout his career so far but he must have some potential within him for Gattuso to make such a comparison and maybe Ibrox is the place he finds his mojo again.

In other Rangers news, the Gers’ seventh signing of the summer is getting ever closer as a £5.5million bid has been accepted.