According to the Belfast Telegraph, Josh Magennis is a target for Rangers. Would Hearts not be better off with the striker though?

The Northern Irishman’s future is up in the air right now. He’s one of few players contracted to cash-strapped Bolton for next season. However, the Belfast Telegraph’s report claims the club may let the striker leave for free to balance the books, despite being able to command a transfer fee for him.

Magennis may walk through the Bolton exit door. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

A move to Hearts would make more sense for Magennis.

Likely English interest in Magennis

The Northern Irishman is a well known figure in Scottish football. He spent two spells at Aberdeen and Kilmarnock earlier in his career.


One thing that has to be considered is English interest. Whilst none has been reported yet, you’d like to think many clubs in the EFL would take Magennis’ services on a free. If they can offer a transfer fee, they’d jump to the front of the line.

Magennis will be of major interest if available on a free. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

In terms of the reported interest in him though, a move to Ibrox doesn’t make sense. He’ll not start for them whilst Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe are at the club.

He should take a look at his international teammate and ex-Jambo Kyle Lafferty’s experience at Ibrox. That’d probably be enough for him to stay clear of Govan.

Magennis is a good fit for Hearts

If he did move back to Scotland, Hearts would be the best fit. The Jambos are crying out for a goalscorer. He fits Hearts’ style too. The Bolton forward is big and robust, plus he has that keen eye for goal Craig Levein needs at the club.

Magennis doesn’t fit Rangers. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Magennis is a slightly less physical Uche Ikpeazu, but he’s more capable in front of goal than the current Jambo is. He recently scored two on international duty for Northern Ireland. He has also hit double figures in three of his last four seasons.

Last season was a poor one though, scoring just six times. In a season of financial turmoil that took its toll on his current club Bolton, Magennis can be forgiven. His previous years show there is a decent striker in there.

A move to Rangers doesn’t make any sense. If Magennis is returning to Scotland, it should be to wear Hearts’ famous maroon.

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