Cyriel Dessers: Nigerian’s Forward’s Future in Limbo As Rangers Eye Hearts Striker

Cyriel Dessers: Nigerian’s Forward’s Future in Limbo As Rangers Eye Hearts Striker

Robert Abong'o
May 17, 2024 at 8:37 PM
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  • Rangers are targeting Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland as they seek to bolster their squad
  • Super Eagles striker, Cyriel Dessers, consequently faces the risk of being offloaded as a result
  • Dessers has had an uneven season, while Shankland has been a standout performer for Hearts

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In a bid to bolster their squad and reclaim the Scottish Premiership title, Rangers have set their sights on Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland, potentially jeopardizing Cyriel Dessers' future at the club.

The Light Blues have endured a challenging season, falling short in their quest to dethrone fierce rivals Celtic as the reigning champions.

Determined to turn the tide, they actively seek to strengthen their attacking options, and Shankland has emerged as a prime target.

Rangers striker, Cyriel Dessers,  in action during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match against Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on May 5, in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Ian MacNicol.
Rangers striker, Cyriel Dessers, could be offloaded in the upcoming transfer window. Photo: Ian MacNicol.
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Dessers, who joined Rangers last summer from Cremonese, has had a season of ups and downs, struggling to find consistent form in front of goal.

The Belgium-born Nigerian striker has recorded 22 goals and eight assists across all competitions, but his performances have not fully met the club's expectations.

As per GiveMeSport, Shankland has been a standout performer for Hearts, netting an impressive 30 goals in all competitions this season – eight more than Dessers has managed for Rangers, despite featuring in fewer matches.

Dessers has acknowledged the challenges he has faced since joining Rangers, admitting to a "personal difficult phase" due to the abuse he has received. However, he has remained steadfast in his commitment to the club, expressing gratitude for his support and vowing to improve given more time.

“Let me settle down, let me move in, let me get used to this league, let me get used to this country, let me get everything in my head straight, then I will show that I think that I can be a good striker,” he told Sky Scotland.

Despite the struggles, coach Philippe Clement has maintained faith in him. The player's contract extends until the summer of 2027, indicating the club's belief in his potential.

Rangers midfielder Mohamed Diomande rejects Ghana for Ivory Coast

Sports Brief reported that Mohamed Diomande disclosed his decision to play for Ivory Coast at the senior level in international football.

The Right to Dream Academy-trained player had the option of representing Ghana and was handed his debut call-up for the friendlies against Nigeria and Uganda in March of 2024.

However, the Rangers player asked to be excused to make a decision about his international future.

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