Kris Boyd is never too far away from commenting on the striker situation at Rangers. His latest comments claim the club should look at bringing in Lawrence Shankland and Kevin van Veen, alongside a marquee signing. That raises the question, are there any current SPFL strikers who could do a job at Ibrox?
This article is going to focus on all the strikers in the SPFL who have scored more than Rangers top scorer James Tavernier. The captain has 15 SPFL goals this term but there are four strikers between him Kyogo on 23 goals. So let’s look at each player and their stats;
Bojan Miovski – 33 appearances
– 16 Goals (6 Penalties)
– 163mins Per Goal
– 15.3 xG
– 24% Goal Conversion Rate
A striker who’s done very well in his first season in Scotland and was a bargain buy for Aberdeen. He holds the ball up well and puts himself about but his clever movement is what gets him a lot of his goals.
He showed this with his recent goals against Rangers at Hampden and then Pittodrie. He will turn 24 this summer so still plenty of time to improve his game even further.
Duk – 33 Appearances (25 Starts)
– 16 Goals (1 Penalty)
– 138mins Per Goal
– 7.4 xG
– 30% Goal Conversion Rate
Capable of playing on the wing and through the middle, he’s been partnering Miovski up top recently. He’s a player who possesses tremendous pace and power which makes him a nightmare for defenders.
He’s very direct and always heads straight for goal, only two assists to his name but he has won four penalties for Aberdeen. He’s also very capable in the air with five of his goals coming from headers.
He’s only recently turned 23 and there’s rumoured interest from down south, so would be a costly acquisition.
Lawrence Shankland – 32 Appearances (28 Starts)
– 21 Goals (10 Penalties)
– 123mins Per Goal
– 20.3 xG
– 20% Goal Conversion Rate
The only home grown player on the list. Shankland had a rough spell in Belgium after being prolific at Dundee United. Back in Scotland he’s been prolific again at Hearts.
A striker who links the play well and is a great finisher. Take away the penalties though and his numbers aren’t all that spectacular.
If the team creates chances for him, he will score. He averages scoring one in five which is a better % than both Morelos and Colak.
Kevin van Veen – 34 Appearances (32 Starts)
– 21 Goals (5 Penalties)
– 134mins Per Goal
– 17.1 xG
– 22% Goal Conversion Rate
A player who’s definitely gathered more attention in the last couple of weeks. A terrific goal at Parkhead to earn Motherwell a point then a beautifully taken goal against Kilmarnock on Saturday both gained national attention.
Not just the usual target man he’s very comfortable taking on defenders and doesn’t just hold the ball up and wait for support. A very composed finisher who knows how to pick their spot he’s scored numerous screamers this season.
He’s about to turn 32 in the summer though and this seasons form could just be a flash in the pan.
Do you think any of these strikers are good enough to be second or third choice at Ibrox next season?