In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee believes that Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard faces a fight to re-sign reported target Billy Gilmour from Chelsea.
According to The Telegraph, the 19-year-old is expected to leave Stamford Bridge on loan for the remainder of the season to improve his chances of playing for Scotland at Euro 2020.
However, Lee has questioned whether Steven Gerrard’s side need to sign the midfielder. The Ibrox boss is currently blessed with a wealth of options in the midfield, including veteran stalwart Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Bongani Zungu.
He told FFC:
“I think a lot of clubs will look at Billy Gilmour on loan. I think he’s been outstanding. Listen, small in stature, but I haven’t seen him get bullied, he just gets it, passes it, keeps it moving, tried to pass forward.
“There’s a lot of players you see who sit and pass it backwards and sideways, I could do that at 55, but he wants to play it forward, he wants to get the team going.
“Steven Gerrard was probably one of the best midfielders of his generation, as Frank was. So, if you can’t learn from Steven Gerrard, you can’t learn from anybody.
“I would question do they need him? They’re 23 points clear, aren’t they, Celtic have shown no signs of catching them. So, do they actually need him, does he need to go play against lesser teams, or should he test himself in the Premier League, or even the top of the Championship against tough teams.
“He’s a talented player and I’m sure if he’s not going to play for Chelsea they’ll let him go out on loan.”
Indeed, it’s easy to see why Rangers may be reluctant to push for a move. Steven Davis has established himself as a regular starter under Gerrard, scoring his first goal of the season in the 3-2 defeat to St Mirren in the Scottish League Cup.
But Bongani Zungu has struggled to make an impact at Ibrox after his switch from French Ligue 2 side Amiens. The 28-year-old has yet to score for the Gers and is posing a dilemma for Gerrard.
However, Ryan Jack’s return from injury could throw a spanner in the works. The Scotland international has become one of Gerrard’s most trusted deputies in the engine room, having made over a hundred appearances in all competitions.
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