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Kris Boyd tips Rangers man to come to life this season - but would still target transfer in his position

Kris Boyd reckons this coming season could be a big one for Rangers striker Danilo.

The Brazilian was the marquee signing of Michael Beale's summer revamp a year ago as he came in for £5.5million from Dutch side Feyenoord. He showed early signs of why the Englishman was tempted to splash that cash and Light Blues supporters hoped they had a player on their hands.

But they didn't get much of a chance to see whether that was indeed the case as the 25-year-old spent much of his debut season in blue injured. First came a facial injury picked up when scoring a brave header against St Johnstone and not long after returning from that he picked up a serious knee injury which required an operation.

He is back fit and taking part in Gers' pre-season and as Clement performs similar surgery on his squad, Boyd reckons it's Danilo who could prove to be like a new signing. But he still would like to see them sign another proven frontman with Cyriel Dessers likely heading out and Moroccan youngster Hamza Igamane signed today.

Speaking in the Scottish Sun, he said: "Rangers supporters are desperate for a new No 9 to arrive this summer. I would be stunned if Philippe Clement hasn’t made that position a priority.

"But let’s also not forget about the £5million striker who is already at Ibrox. Danilo was Michael Beale’s marquee signing this time last year, and arrived with a big reputation. The Brazilian lists Ajax, FC Twente and Feyenoord on an impressive CV. He has scored goals in the Dutch top-flight, and came with a hefty transfer fee by Scottish standards.

"But sadly we all know what happened next, as injury wrecked his debut season at Gers. A fractured cheekbone was followed by a knee operation — and Danilo has yet to kick a ball in 2024. He played just 11 times under Clement and was badly missed in the title run-in."

"I believe Rangers DO need to bring in another top-class striker this summer. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if Danilo goes on to justify the money Gers shelled out on him last year. Beale viewed him as his No 1 striker, and there is no doubt Clement felt the same way after taking over.

"Danilo impressed as Rangers started to hit their stride under the Belgian towards the new year. He showed pace, good movement, and clearly knows where the goal is.

"And as the face injury he suffered when scoring against St Johnstone proved, he is also brave and aggressive when it’s needed. Who knows if Danilo would have made all the difference in the title run-in as Gers fell short."