Rangers are reportedly keen on Manchester United youngster James Garner, and if he were to join Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox next season, he could prove to be the ideal man to replace Glen Kamara.
It was suggested in a recent interview by Garner’s agent Steven Beck that Rangers wanted to sign the 20-year-old in January and remain keen on him ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Old Trafford academy graduate spent the first half of the season on loan with Watford in the Championship but has enjoyed a much more profitable time with Nottingham Forest, where he has contributed three goals in 14 appearances thus far, averaging an impressive 7.04 WhoScored rating for his performances.
Despite his indifferent form at Watford, former manager Vladimir Ivic was full of praise for Garner earlier in the season, saying: “He is one of the most talented players in England. He is a quality player with the ball, he knows how to move the ball fast and he thinks fast, which is very important.”
Considering that Kamara has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, with the likes of Arsenal, Leeds United and Southampton reportedly taking an interest in the Finnish international, Gerrard faces a battle to keep hold of the 25-year-old midfielder this summer.
If the former Dundee man does leave, then it will leave a hole in Rangers’ squad; and whilst Steven Davis could fill that to an extent, the 36-year-old doesn’t possess the energy of Kamara.
Therefore, someone like Garner, who has impressed in a defensive midfield position with Forest this season, could be the ideal person to replace Kamara at Ibrox should the Finn depart.
In fact, the 20-year-old has arguably outperformed his Gers counterpart at times this season, with the Englishman averaging 1.7 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Championship, compared with the Rangers midfielder’s averages of one tackle, 0.9 interceptions and 0.6 dribbles per game in the Scottish Premiership.
Therefore, it seems clear that if Kamara does leave this summer, then Gerrard will need to seek out a replacement – and the £3.6m-rated Garner could prove to be the ideal man to succeed him, even if he does only join on a loan deal, so Ross Wilson should do everything he can to bring him to Ibrox.