Ex-England striker Peter Crouch could become surplus to requirements at Stoke City, but would he want to join ex-teammate Steven Gerrard at Glasgow Rangers and win some silverware?

Gary Rowett was sacked at the Championship club after only 26 games in charge and a massive outlay on players. They were in 14th place in the standings, when the axe fell.

Nathan Jones from Luton Town replaced him, and now has his own ideas. Stoke lost 3-1 away to Brentford in his first match and he didn’t select Crouch in his starting X1.

The veteran attacker is brilliant in the air and can always cause even the best defences many problems, therefore, he could be really useful to Rangers at setting up and scoring goals.

If the Gers were really struggling to create scoring chances for Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos, there would be another option for Gerrard on the bench. 

He could replace one or both of them with Kyle Lafferty and Crouch and look to an aerial bombardment in the last 15 minutes to try for a winner or an equaliser.  

Crouch is extremely experienced at the highest level, and could probably add a few years onto his career by coming to Rangers. Look at the teams he has played for.

Tottenham (twice), Queens Park Rangers, Portsmouth (twice), Aston Villa, Norwich, Southampton, Liverpool and Stoke.

He would also be a very useful player at attacking free kicks and corners and also be a top man to help defend those same situations at the back – which are a Rangers weakness.

The downside is Crouch will soon be 38, but he seems to have a decent amount of fitness – look at what an older Kenny Miller is still achieving at Dundee.

He played alongside Gerrard for Liverpool and England, so the Rangers manager knows everything about his ability and personality.

He scored a very respectable 22 goals for England in 42 matches between 2005 and 2010.

Crouch is not in the class of ex-Rangers legend Ally McCoist when it comes to scoring goals, but he creates regular opportunities for others to find the net.

In fact, the striker possesses a good first touch for a big man, and the reason he assists in so many team goals.


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