While Glasgow Rangers have barely put a foot wrong in their transfer approach, Ross Wilson’s stance on a deal for Jack Wilshere deserves a special mention.
Rangers’ chaotic approach to their transfer strategy was laid bare for all to see on deadline day, as Wilson brought three names through the door in the form of Nnamdi Ofoborh, Jack Simpson and Scott Wright.
Unlike the previous summer, they could be perceived as reactive and opportunistic signings at face value, but as it turns out it seems they are hungry and driven to improve as players and win trophies.
Steven Gerrard seems to have wanted to distance himself from the club’s mistakes in the past, where cash has been wasted on ageing veterans – the least said about Greg Stewart, the better.
That’s why Oforboh, Simpson and Wright were brought to Ibrox to bolster the ranks of their first team and another name who could have joined them was former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere.
In 2020, Ally McCoist claimed the Rangers board were genuinely interested in signing the 29-year-old midfielder after his contract was terminated by West Ham.
The Scottish giants were keeping tabs on Wilshere with the view to a possible free transfer, according to talkSPORT, but it seems Wilson had other ideas.
With the benefit of hindsight, the Rangers sporting director made the correct call on what could have been a costly mistake.
While Wilshere still has the potential to be a top-class talent on his day, he remains a player who has continued to struggle with injuries over the course of his professional career to date.
The 29-year-old even openly admitted “they didn’t want me” in a recent Instagram Q&A on social media.
Rangers have more than enough injury problems of their own to contend with and based on their current midfield options, it’s hard to see where Wilshere would fit in.
A WhoScored match rating of 6.6 would see him rank 20th out of the entire Rangers squad, far below the likes of first-choice midfielders Joe Aribo (7.42), Ryan Jack (7.03), Steven Davis (6.99) and Glen Kamara (6.89).
Since the start of this season, Aribo is one of the most in-form players in the Scottish Premiership with the second-highest average rating out of anyone else in the competition barring James Tavernier.
With all due respect to Wilshere, it seems like Rangers are headed for a different trajectory, and Wilson’s decision to pull the plug has arguably been fully justified by their recent performances.
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