Despite Steven Gerrard’s initial protestations, Glasgow Rangers have been by no means quiet in the January transfer window, signing Aberdeen’s Scott Wright and Bournemouth’s Jack Simpson, with Nnamdi Ofoborh expected to follow suit.
Rangers seem hellbent on stopping Celtic from an unprecedented ten in a row, having won almost all of their 26 games in the Scottish Premiership this season thus far, barring three draws.
However, they have missed out on the chance to sign a player who could have provided a real cutting edge – Jesse Lingard.
Lingard, who earns around £75,000-per-week at Old Trafford, may have endured quite a dramatic fall from grace since the 2018 World Cup but there’s no doubting the fact that he would have been guaranteed a starting berth under Gerrard.
Last season, the former England international bagged two goals and an assist in the Europa League, including a goal in a 2-1 defeat against Astana in 2019, whilst he averaged more shots (1.8) per match than James Tavernier (1.2) and Cedric Itten (1.5) have managed this season so far, as per WhoScored.
For context, that would put him joint-fourth in the Rangers squad alongside Scott Arfield, just below Ianis Hagi (2), but above Ryan Kent (1.2), per WhoScored.
You can’t help but feel like sporting director Ross Wilson missed a real opportunity here as he could’ve landed a player who has proven that he is able to score goals at a high level of the game, and that could have lit up Ibrox across the remainder of the campaign.
Rangers could live to regret the day they decided against making a move for Lingard.
AND in other news, Rangers can sign their Steven Davis successor in Bournemouth’s Nnamdi Ofoborh…