Rangers have once again been linked with a move for Bright Osayi-Samuel and if he were to join Steven Gerrard’s side, it would surely be bad news for Glenn Middleton’s future at Ibrox.
After failing to sign the winger in January from QPR, it seems as if Rangers are back in the hunt for the 23-year-old, who has struggled to impress in his first six months with Fenerbahce. Reports from Turkey suggest that Rangers and their Old Firm rivals have both reignited their interest in the winger.
The Nigerian forward was heavily linked with a move to Ibrox in January and could’ve potentially joined Gerrard’s side on a pre-contract deal due to his contract with QPR being set to expire in the summer, but he instead joined Turkish side Fenerbahce.
During his time at Loftus Road, manager Mark Warburton labelled him a “constant threat” after he was instrumental in a win against Rotherham United, but he has been unable to replicate those performances in Turkey thus far.
He has made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Super Lig side, in which he has contributed just one goal and one assist, so it is perhaps no surprise that he is being linked with a summer exit.
If he were to make the switch to Ibrox this summer, then it could spell trouble for Middleton, who has found himself on the fringes of the Rangers squad throughout Gerrard’s tenure.
The “brilliant” 21-year-old, who like Osayi-Samuel can play on either wing, has spent time in each of the last two seasons out on loan but struggled for regular game time with both Hibernian, Bradford City and St Johnstone.
Last season saw the former Norwich City man make just one appearance for Gerrard’s side in the first half of the campaign before joining the Saints on loan, and he would go on to play just 81 minutes in the Premiership, which does not bode well for his future at Ibrox.
Although he played a starring role in St Johnstone’s Scottish League cup semi-final win against St Mirren, contributing a goal and an assist from the bench, he clearly failed to win over Callum Davidson over during his time at McDiarmid Park, so it is difficult to see him playing a regular role for Rangers next season.
Osayi-Samuel joining would only increase the competition for places on the wing in Gerrard’s squad, and therefore it would not be a surprise to see Middleton leave Ibrox on a permanent deal after his less than successful loan spells in recent seasons.