According to Football Insider, Glasgow Rangers are reportedly ready to get rid of Greg Stewart in January to raise surplus cash to boost transfer funds for a squad rebuild.
Stewart, 30, is deemed surplus to requirements by Steven Gerrard and seems destined for the Ibrox exit when the winter transfer market opens in just a few weeks’ time.
Rangers are on course to regain the title for the first time since the 2010-11 season, and if they do get their hands on the elusive trophy there’s no doubt a little bit of a rebuild will be required to freshen the squad and stay competitive in the top flight.
However, while much of the focus will be on any new arrivals at Ibrox, they need to focus on getting rid of players as well to balance the books.
It’s claimed that the 54-time Scottish champions could be prepared to cash in on the former Birmingham City striker, who currently earns around £6,200-per-week at the Govan-based Glasgow giants.
Ross Wilson did a pretty decent job when it came to shifting most of the deadwood in the summer with the likes of Greg Docherty, Matt Polster, Jordan Rossiter, Andy Halliday and Wes Foderingham all leaving the club.
However, he needs to continue his good work by getting rid of Stewart as well.
It might sound harsh, but Stewart simply isn’t up to the standards of being a first-team regular starter at Ibrox.
You only have to look at the numbers, but he’s made just two appearances for the Gers so far this season, albeit from the bench, and despite once contributing to 24 goals in a single season in the Premiership, he has barely mustered a shot on target this season.
In fact, he is averaging just 0.5 key passes per game, which is far below what he managed during his time at Birmingham City, via WhoScored.
With Rangers having plenty of options upfront, including Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe, it’s fair to say that he simply isn’t needed anymore.
Just four appearances suggests that he is a fringe squad player who earns the same amount as Glen Kamara, which is frankly ridiculous, especially when you consider the fact the Finland international has been an integral part of Gerrard’s side this season.
The Gers simply must get rid of Stewart in January, even if they have to take a hit on the former Aberdeen man.