It is well known that Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is desperate to sign another forward and left-sided centre-half, before this transfer window closes.

I am suggesting he considers buying one of the stars of Maribor, who was in opposition to the Gers in both Europa League matches.

Luka Zahovic, the 22-year-old Portuguese-born striker was certainly a danger man against Rangers.

The 5’10” attacker’s scoring rate is phenomenal as he managed 21 goals in only 28 games last season.

He was a menace, but fortunately he didn’t manage to score, as Rangers held on for an 0-0 draw that saw them progress on a 3-1 aggregate score, to meet FC Ufa from Russia in the next round.

Zahovic has scored four goals in eight of Maribor’s league games, so far, and is a tried and tested scoring striker.

In eight appearances for the Slovenian U21’s he scored three times, which is a decent return at this high standard, and did even better with the U19’s, scoring three goals in only five matches.

He can play either as the first choice centre forward or in the number ten position and he still manages to score goals from this deeper position, which makes him a more attractive proposition to sign.

In season 2016-17, when he was still only a 20-year-old striker learning his trade, he played in all 28 league games and scored in 15 of them.

Shortly after that, they signed him up until 2021 to try and keep him at Maribor for as long as possible. They obviously knew that he would start to attract attention from European teams who would want his signature.

On 23 May 2018, Zahovic was included in the senior squad for the Slovenia friendly match against Montenegro, proving that he is about to reach his full potential. He will not require a work permit as he holds joint Slovenian and Portuguese citizenships.

It wouldn’t cost that much for Rangers to buy him, as Slovenian and Croatian players don’t usually cost a fortune – it could well be a shrewd move.


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