Glasgow Rangers finished the transfer window strongly after a major summer overhaul and it seems as though they aren’t prepared to stop there if recent reports are to be believed…
According to Italian sports journalist Nicolo Schira, Jack Wilshere is in “advanced talks” with Rangers.
However, Steven Gerrard’s side face stiff competition from his former club Arsenal as he has been tipped to return to the Emirates.
The 28-year-old left the Gunners two years ago and joined West Ham United as a free agent.
He is now looking for his next club after he announced on deadline day that the club had agreed to terminate his contract, having only made 19 appearances overall for the Hammers.
Wilshere will not be short of options, as he has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer in the United States, while Rangers are also reportedly interested in signing him.
Despite sitting at the top of the Scottish Premiership, the Light Sky Blues still need to strengthen their midfield if they are to avoid a repeat of last season.
Last term, Gerrard’s side started the season strongly, scoring twelve goals in their first four games, but their performances tailed off towards the latter half of the season, as they only scored two goals in their last four games.
While Rangers have brought in Bongani Zungu from Amiens on a season-long loan, they still lack a playmaker who can dictate play and pull the strings in the middle of the pitch, especially when Joe Aribo is out.
And Wilshere is exactly the sort of player Gerrard has been seeking for so long.
The 34-cap England international arguably enjoyed his best season back in the 2013/14 campaign, where the attacking midfielder scored three goals and supplied four assists in the Premier League, whilst scoring two goals in the Champions League, averaging 1.9 dribbles and 1.4 key passes per game, as per WhoScored.
AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso once admitted Wilshere has “great skills” during his time at Arsenal while his former boss Arsene Wenger heaped praise on his “outstanding” contribution after the 4-2 Europa League victory against BATE back in 2017. Pep Guardiola has also raved about him, suggesting he has “special quality.”
He has even drawn comparisons with Paul Gascoigne and credited the club legend with inspiring him to play without fear for England.
While Wilshere endured a torrid time at the London Stadium, he has insisted that he feels fit, strong and ready to play.
If he can get back to his very best, he could become the best player in Scottish football.
Whether or not he can replicate the performances he produced for Arsenal remains to be seen but it is surely worth taking the risk on a free transfer – it could be the difference between another second placed finish and toppling Celtic’s Premiership reign.