In light of Rangers being linked to Jason Cummings, there have been a few suggestions of other targets in the SPFL that we might like to take a look at. There's a decent crop of strikers outside the Old Firm in Scotland right now, and it's worth considering whether any of them could be bargain signings that fit the profile we need.
That in mind, here's a look at the best strikers we could pick up from the SPFL now, and how they compare to strikers who made similar moves in the past.
Goals per game: 0.63
Jason Cummings has been on Mark Warburton's radar pretty much since he joined the club, and although a move for the striker last summer couldn't be completed, it looks like he'll be going back for more. The hefty asterisk next to the goals per game ratio is of course that it's come in the Championship, but Cummings has scored his fair share against bigger sides and is the youngest player of the current crop. He'd probably command quite a fee, but he appears to pretty much guarantee goals.
Goals per game: 0.56
Moult had a decent season with Motherwell last time out and has upped his game considerably this year. He's not the most mobile striker by any means, but he's one of the best penalty box goalscorers in Scotland right now, displaying a tremendous range of finishes and a great record in scoring in big games. He doesn't seem like he'd fit Mark Warburton's system at all, but if we do move to having a traditional striker, we'd struggle to find better value than Moult. His all round contribution is pretty decent too - in fact, he compares very favourably indeed to Joe Garner, who is perceived to be good at the not-scoring stuff:
Goals per game: 0.69
Pound for pound, probably the best penalty box striker in the league. Boyce's considerable frame and excellent movement have seen him lead the goalscoring charts ahead of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths. Most of his goals have been scored from the danger area, near to the goal and in the centre, as the big striker thrives on crosses and is lethal with his head. With decent hold-up play factored in, he could be a bargain signing for someone.
Goals per game: 0.38
Coulibaly is a bit of a strange one, and he did have an excellent goals per game record before he fell off a bit, partly due to having his position changed. He scores goals, but he's far from a traditional poacher, with most of his efforts being solo goal-of-the-season contenders. Because of that, it's very hard to imagine how he'd do in a superior team, although his versatility would at least make him fit into Warburton's idea of the perfect forward. His ball-greediness, on the other hand, not so much. Nonetheless, he's still some player for his age.
So, how do they compare to strikers who moved from other Scottish clubs to the Old Firm in the past? Here's a look at a few - the goals per game ratios are their last full or half season with their club before their Old Firm move, and their age is what it was when they made the move.
Age on move: 23
Goals per game on move: 0.46
Scott McDonald had a worse scoring record than all three of the players mentioned above, although did have a year or two on Moult and Boyce. Nonetheless, he increased his scoring form after he left Motherwell for Celtic, going on to score at a much higher rate. A very similar player to Moult, it might be a good indication of how the latter could do at Rangers if used properly.
Goals per game: 0.79
Boyd has by far the highest goals per game record on this list, and was considerably younger than Moult and Boyce. No surprise, then, that he went on to have the Rangers career that he did, improving an impressive strike rate even further.
Goals per game: 0.54
Novo wasn't a pure goalscorer, but he could certainly put them away when asked to do so. At Rangers his goals per game record dropped considerably, although that was far more to do with the role he was asked to play - he was still an excellent signing, although largely due to his other attributes besides goalscoring. Despite that, when played as a striker, he still did an excellent job despite being older and with a lower goals per game rate than any of the three current SPFL strikers mentioned.
Goals per game: 0.40
The lowest scoring record on this list, although Naismith had youth on his side. Another great signing, although one which again owed more to his other attributes besides his pure goalscoring ability.
How do we think they line up? If Rangers were going to sign one of the SPFL strikers mentioned, who would you prefer?