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Keith Jackson delivers verdict on Rangers striker Fabio Silva

Rangers moved into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup after beating Ayr United 2-0 at Ibrox last Saturday. 

Fabio Silva, who joined from Wolves during the January transfer window, scored the second goal of the match for the Gers, while Borna Barisic scored the opening goal after some fine work from recent signing Oscar Cortes.

Keith Jackson, while writing for the Daily Record (12 February, page 38), has claimed that Silva is “up for the challenge”, although, by the player’s admission, he is not a proper striker.

Rangers are missing several players in the forward department due to injuries, and Philippe Clement will likely use Silva up there.

“By his own admission he’s not an out-and-out No.9 but Silva is a talented operator regardless. Injuries mean Rangers are having to share the load in the forward areas and the Wolves man is clearly up for the challenge,” wrote Jackson for the Daily Record.

Big chance for Silva

The 21-year-old hasn’t been a huge hit for Wolves, but he has a chance to resurrect his career at Ibrox.

The young forward wasted one or two good opportunities during the game. The likes of Scott Wright and James Tavernier also failed to convert good scoring opportunities.

Todd Cantwell, who came on as a sub during the game, was the main architect for the second goal. He dinked a delightful chip across the goal, and from there the ball fell into the path of Silva who didn’t make any mistake.

The goal will give him loads of confidence and Clement will hope that he can carry on scoring.

It was a dominating performance from Rangers who managed 26 shots during the game. At the start of the season, the Gers were falling apart under Michael Beale, but they are now looking like a strong force under Clement.

They have narrowed the gap with Celtic to just three points having played a game less.

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