Rangers could reignite interest in 24-year-old Croatian forward

NK Osijek forward Mirko Maric would give Rangers something very different in attack as Osijek are in danger of becoming an unofficial feeder club for the Scottish Premiership challengers.

Last summer, Eros Grezda and Borna Barisic arrived at Ibrox from the Croatian side and, earlier in the year, the Daily Record reported that the Gers were keen to raid them ­again for star striker Mirko Maric.

Director of football Mark Allen had watched Mirko Maric in action, who is valued at £3 million and would undoubtedly provide something different in Steven Gerrard’s attack, particularly now that Kyle Lafferty has left Ibrox for the second time.

His exit opens up a place for a new striker and given how well Croatian target man has started the 2019/20 campaign, now could be the perfect time to make a move.

“I continued where I left off last season,” the Croatia international told SportNet after scoring in Osijek’s opening game of the season. “Of course, every attacker is happy to find himself among the scorers. I feel good, self-confident.”

Rangers have the chance to play Europa League next season while challenging for silverware on three fronts back home so Steven Gerrard needs all the depth he can get.

Alfredo Morelos is the old-school bull of a centre-forward, while Jermain Defoe is the natural penalty-box forward as Greg Stewart is more of a number ten, rather then modern striker.