Monday night brought claims in Scotland that Rangers are looking to take Adam Armstrong to Ibrox.

On their return to the Scottish Premier League the Glasgow club opened up at home to Hamilton but trailed 1-0 to Hamilton at the break.

Former Sunderland striker Martyn Waghorn equalised just after the hour mark and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

However, with 10 minutes to go Waghorn pulled up with a hamstring injury and Rangers had to play the closing stages a man down, as they had already used all three subs.

Top scorer with 28 goals last season, Waghorn’s absence leaves them heavily reliant on veteran (turns 37 in December) Kenny Miller who was second top scorer with 20 (former Newcastle full-back James Tavernier was third top with 15) goals.

The reports claim Rangers would be looking for a loan deal for Adam Armstrong as Martyn Waghorn could be out for a significant length of time.

With Mitrovic due back from suspension at the end of the month and Rafa Benitez widely expected to shortly bring in another striker, Adam Armstrong looks as though he could be squeezed for opportunities unless he goes out on loan again.

However, in the short-term, last Friday saw Armstrong as the only forward cover on the bench and he replaced the very disappointing Ayoze Perez for the last 20 minutes and looked a lot more up for it than the Spaniard had been.

After scoring 20 goals last season on loan at Coventry the last thing the Geordie striker needs now though is to be not getting regular first team football.

Whether Mike Ashley’s entangled relationship with Rangers would play any positive/negative part in a potential loan deal is open to question.