Celtic striker target has 0 goals in 11 games, Rangers reportedly wanted him before Colak

Oh how Ross Wilson needed that. Amid all the criticism that has come the way of Rangers’ director of football this term, Saturday’s 4-0 crushing of Hearts at Tynecastle – their biggest win in Gorgie since 2008 – could hardly have come at a better time with three of Wilson’s oft-maligned summer signings making their mark in the capital. 

Ben Davies, in a rare start for the £4 million centre-half, provided balance and composure on the left of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s backline. Rabbi Matondo produced a magical assist in a rip-roaring first-half. 

And Antonio Colak, certainly the pick of Rangers’ new bunch, took his tally to 11 goals in 14 games (eight in eight Scottish Premiership matches) with a ruthless brace. The Croatia international, a natural-born finisher, should comfortably surpass the 20-goal mark in his debut season at Ibrox.

Who knows? Perhaps 30 is not totally out of the question. 

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Stephen Odey, meanwhile, would take just any goal right about now. Any goal, any way, any how.

The £3.5 million-rated Nigeria international was linked with a move to Rangers before Colak arrived in early July (All Nigeria Soccer). Celtic too, with Odey reportedly a long-term target for the current Premiership champions

Stephen Odey struggles while Antonio Colak shines at Rangers

“These are big clubs,” Odey said when asked directly about those Rangers and Celtic links during the summer window. “And it is clear that this is something that I want to be open to.   

“If the right club comes, Randers FC has no choice but to let me go. But I am happy to be at Randers FC, and that does not change (despite) the fact that there are some rumours about other clubs.   

“For me, it’s about the preparations for the new season with the team I’m part of.” 

Odey scored 14 times for Danish outfit Randers last term, including one against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in the UEFA Conference League. Consistency has never been the 24-year-old’s strong point, however. And after failing to find the target in any of his 11 games so far this season, Odey’s excellent 2021/22 is starting to feel like a flash in the proverbial pan. 

“He’s started his first season really well,” Van Bronckhorst tells the BBC of Colak, who certainly isn’t sharing in Odey’s profligacy.  

“I’m really happy for him to get two goals (against Heats). That’s very positive. I think Colak’s performance was really good.  

“Apart from his goals, he is very important the way he puts energy in the team. He scored two goals in the last game also and today again. I’m really happy with him.” 

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