Rangers now want to sign a new striker in the final week of the transfer window, according to the Fourth Official. The online source has reported that everything has now changed for the Bears after they qualified for the Champions League on Wednesday evening, bringing in that windfall. With Alfredo Morelos bringing along recent issues behind-the-scenes, the search has now begun to bring in another number nine alongside Antonio Colak. Writing on their official Patreon page on Thursday [26 August], the Fourth Official has shared the plans for the final third in the next and final days of the window.

Well, [Wednesday] certainly changed everything, they wrote. According to them, Rangers are through to the Champions League for the first time in 12 years. Apart from the two midfielders, the recent issues with Morelos mean that the club are on the lookout for a forward as injury issues with the forward line mean that another striker will be needed for what is going to be another long season. Morelos will also miss this weekend against Ross County, with a real problem starting to mount.

Although it wouldn’t have been wanted, it is hard to not rule out the Colombian leaving Ibrox before the window slams shut on Thursday next week [01 September]. Giovanni van Bronckhorst admitted he would sit down for talks with Morelos over his conduct and future plans next week with new contract talks on hold. That may give clubs numerous days to open contact to potentially sign him, with Sevilla consistently mentioned although a pre-contract deal has been mooted further down the line.
This is the last chance to get funds in for his exit should that decision be made, so we may see a scenario where he is either offered out or those contract talks start again. Either way, another number nine is certainly needed – the money is there to go get it done.