Rangers’ reported hopes of signing Ethan Robson from Blackpool this summer are over after he joined MK Dons on a season-long loan earlier this week, which is a blow for Steven Gerrard as the midfielder could well have been the man to replace Glen Kamara at Ibrox.
According to Football Insider, Rangers were beaten to the signing of Robson by the English League One outfit, who announced that he had joined on loan for the 2021/22 campaign earlier this week following Blackpool’s promotion to the Championship.
The report claims that both Rangers and Motherwell made enquiries about the 24-year-old earlier this year but were unable to prise him away from the Tangerines.
It is something of a surprise that he has been allowed to leave Neil Critchley’s side on loan, considering that he made 29 league appearances for them last season as they earned promotion to the second tier of English football.
After his signing was announced, MK Dons manager Russell Martin sang his praises, saying: “Ethan is a gifted footballer who played nearly 40 times for a promotion-winning team in this division last season.”
“He really suits the way that we play with both his technical ability but also with his athleticism, and after speaking to numerous people who have coached or played with him, he clearly ticks all the boxes for us.”
The defensive midfielder is skilled when it comes to passing and tackling, so had he made the move to Ibrox this summer, he could’ve been the ideal player to replace Glen Kamara in Gerrard’s side.
The former Dundee man is looking increasingly likely to leave the Scottish champions after catching the eye at the European Championship with Finland, with a number of Premier League clubs said to be interested in his signature.
The 25-year-old was in excellent form for Rangers last season as he made 51 appearances in all competitions, contributing two goals and two assists from midfield.
Whilst Gerrard will be desperate to keep Kamara at Ibrox, an offer north of £10m may be too difficult for Rangers to turn down this summer; and considering that fellow midfielder Steven Davis will turn 37 next season, a replacement midfielder might be needed.
Unfortunately for the Gers, Robson is no longer an option after he joined Martin at MK Dons, although it will be interesting to see if Rangers revive their interest in the former Sunderland player should he perform well on loan at Stadium MK next season.