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44.9% pass success rate – Why are Rangers reportedly targeting 4-goal striker?

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Bolton have just seven players contracted beyond the end of June and according to the Belfast Telegraph one of those players, Josh Magennis, could be heading for Rangers.

The Northern Ireland international has been with Wanderers since 2018, and has made 45 appearances for the club, scoring six and assisting two in a miserable year for the Lancashire club.

Despite his contract running until 2020, he along with several other contracted players at the club are to be made available for free, due to the ongoing financial difficulties at the club – there is currently no owner in place to honour any contracts.

That means that Rangers could be in line for a bargain. In his last season in the SPFL, the 28-year-old contributed directly to 16 goals for struggling Kilmarnock, which earned him a spot in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad and a move to Charlton.

He enjoyed a decent spell at Charlton, and his 10 goals and three assists helped them into the play-off places.

Here, we look back on his 2018/19 season stats at Bolton, to display what Bolton fans will be missing out on next year.

His biggest strength is his aerial ability, and that could serve Rangers very well. An average of 8.7 aerial duels won per match is outstanding for a forward and would be the perfect foil for a strike partner such as Alfredo Morelos.

Four goals is not a terrible return for a target man, particularly as he was playing in a Bolton team which won just eight Championship games all season, and only three since the new year.

However, his other stats leave a lot to be desired, and will not entice Rangers fans one bit.

A pass success rate of 44.9% is not good enough for a Rangers side – particularly one who is trying to win the league for the first time since 2011.

Likewise, an average of 1.5 shots per game is a poor return for a striker. Magennis’ may be a target man whose sole responsibility isn’t goals, but he is still a striker and will need to score goals next year. An average pass rate of 30.6 per game is reasonable given his circumstances, but Steven Gerrard will need him to be more involved at Rangers if he is to have influence.

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