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‘Does definitely have the quality to shine north of the border’ – Rangers eye £15m EFL deal: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Rangers are reportedly interested in Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie.

According to the Daily Mail, the Scottish club are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old and the Blades value him at £15 million.

So, would he be a good signing for the Gers? And is he the right fit?

We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…

Alfie Burns

McBurnie is a player that divides opinion. He’s not had a good time of it at Sheffield United, but we know that he’s got talent and it isn’t that long ago that he was a shining light in the EFL.

Rangers’ level is a level that McBurnie can be a success at and, without disrespecting the standard up in Scotland, it will probably be far easier for McBurnie to get amongst the goals in a Rangers shirt than a Sheffield United shirt.

The issue, for me, is going to be the fee in question.

It is probably going to take £15m to get McBurnie this summer. Anything less and I think that Sheffield United will just keep him around to spearhead the side in the Championship.

Rangers are going to have to pay reasonably big to get McBurnie, then, which then begs the question whether he’s a £15m player that can take the club where they want to be.

Sam Rourke

He’d be a great signing for Rangers in my eyes.

Put simply, McBurnie has not lived up to the hefty price-tag that Sheffield United forked out for him and I could see him being moved on.

With Jokanovic through the door now at Bramall Lane, I can see McBurnie being one of the players he looks to shift on to bring in some money so he can strengthen how he sees fit.

McBurnie does definitely have the quality to shine north of the border though, and he’d provide strong competition for the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe.

I almost feel like the Scottish striker needs a fresh start after a mixed spell at the Sheffield club, and a move to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers looks an attractive proposition.

He is still only 24 so has plenty of time to develop and progress in the game and under the tutelage of Gerrard, there aren’t many better managers right now who can improve players and iron out any raw tendencies.

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Phil Spencer

I think that Rangers can do better.

Oli McBurnie is a good striker but has really struggled for Sheffield United since they secured promotion to the Premier League.

A tally of seven goals in 65 appearances for the club is far from impressive, and with reports quoting a £15m fee, I think that’s just ridiculous.

McBurnie is a Championship level striker and so I think that Rangers should be aiming a little bit higher in their efforts to sign a striker – particularly for the sum mentioned.

The 24-year-old needs another year with the Blades to try and get back to the sort of form that he showed with Swansea, while for Rangers, I think they should look elsewhere.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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