Cyriel Dessers tipped by ex Rangers striker to smash FORTY goals next season

Cyriel Dessers scored 22 goals in his debut season for Rangers
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Iain Ferguson insists he wouldn't be surprised to see Cyriel Dessers hit FORTY goals next season.

Dessers was written off by Rangers fans just weeks after his £4.5million arrival from Cremonese but ended his debut season with a more than respectable goal tally of 22. The Nigerian was guilty of spurning gilt-edged chances at pivotal moments in the season - including his one-on-one at Parkhead - but the much-maligned forward was forced to lead the line himself for the majority of the year due to big-money signing Danilo's long-term injury.

Former Ibrox striker Ferguson, 61, has sympathy for the man who continues to split fan opinion and reckons Dessers would've easily scored 30 goals had he been on penalty duties.

Ferguson - who spent two years in Govan between 1984-86 - told the Scottish Sun: "Everything now is about stats and if you look at his, they're good. Scoring 22 goals is a respectable total. Plenty of strikers would be happy for that in a season. If he took penalties, he'd be around 30.

"And having got to know Scottish football and what he's up against, if he has a better strike rate, he could go out next season and get 40. Of course, everything you hear about him is that he gets a lot of chances and misses them. But that applies to a lot of strikers. Maybe he hasn't scored as many as he and a lot of supporters would have liked.

"But the Rangers centre forward's jersey is a big one to fill and that's why I think he's not had a bad season. What I like about the fella is that he stands up to be counted. There's plenty about him to admire. He doesn't hide if he'd having a bad day. He always gives 100 per cent, he puts a shift in and he gets himself into positions.

"If you look back over the season, he's scored goals in big games - the double in the semi-final that got Rangers through to the Scottish Cup final, against Servette in the Champions League, away to Betis in the Europa League.

"But I work in the lounges on match days and the one thing you can guarantee is that if you have a group of guys round a table, you'll get vastly differing opinions. You'll never get agreement among supporters and that's been the case with Dessers.

"I always get asked about him, but you have to remember he's been asked to lead the line for Rangers on his own more often than not. When Danilo came in, he looked a slightly more natural goalscorer, but it could be that when he's back fit they can work as a pairing."