By Joe Ellis

20th Nov, 2022 | 9:10am

Rangers lead race to sign Jerry Yates with Blackpoll now ready to sell

Rangers have emerged as leaders in the race to sign Blackpool striker Jerry Yates in January, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

The Light Blues are putting plans in place for a transfer spree in January as they look to close the gap to Celtic in the Premiership and would be willing to make a £2million bid for the 26-year-old.

Unfortunately for Rangers, the Seasiders are expected to ask for much more than that with their valuation closer to £5million although they are now willing to sell to the highest bidder in the winter window.

Their drop into the bottom half of the Championship has seen their keenness to sell Yates increase as they look to generate the funds required to remain competitive in the Engish second tier.

So far this season, Yates leads the Championship for goals alongside several players who all have nine goals although he also has two assists to his name which only Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United) and Josh Sargeant (Norwich City) can match.

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As a striker, Yates couldn’t be much more different to Antonio Colak, who currently leads the line at Ibrox and prefers to play with his back to goal in a traditional target-man style.

The 26-year-old loves to run in behind and constantly hound the opposition defence whether he has the ball or not and that chaos-inducing temperament has made him a nightmare to defend against.

With Alfredo Morelos’ future in Scotland looking all but over due to his rapidly expiring contract, Giovanni van Bronckhorst may be looking to Bloomfield Road to find his eventual replacement.

Yates has scored plenty of goals at every level of the game with promotions under his belt at Swindon Town, Rotherham United and Blackpool.

His nine goals this season has already surpassed what he managed last campaign which shows his ability to adapt and learn which will stand him in good stead should he make the move to Ibrox in January.

In other Rangers news, a teenager from the Kinetic Academy could be heading to Auchenhowie for a trial in the coming weeks.