Glasgow Rangers may have made a major mistake in the latest transfer window, according to emerging reports…
According to Lancashire Live, Steven Gerrard’s side were strongly linked with a move for Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson in the summer.
It’s also suggested that the Light Blues were rebuffed in their advances by Preston, who value him at more than than the £1.5m that was apparently on offer.
For the time being at least, Johnson has stayed at Deepdale for the foreseeable future, but his contract will run out on June 30, 2021. A killer blow for the Ibrox outfit, perhaps.
Despite missing the first four league games due to injury, Johnson has still started the season like a house on fire.
The Jamaican has scored two goals in seven appearances in all competitions so far this season whilst he is averaging one big chance created, 1.2 tackles, and 1 interception per game in the league alone, via SofaScore.
Last season, the 28-year-old bagged 12 times and 7 assists in 33 games in the Championship, as per SofaScore. Putting this into perspective, that’s still a higher goal-to-game ratio than Ryan Kent managed in the Premiership last term.
His versatility would’ve not only made the left-footed midfielder the perfect replacement for Kent, who has been tipped to leave the Ibrox outfit, but also would have given Gerrard another midfield option to provide cover and competition for places with Joe Aribo, Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Ryan Jack as well.
The absence of a genuine box-to-box midfielder is something the Gers have been lacking for so long – only Aribo and Arfield have scored more than once so far this season – at least, until they brought in Bongani Zungu from French Ligue 2 side Amiens on an initial loan deal with the option to buy.
Former Motherwell star Chris Humphrey once claimed Johnson is “one of the best” he has ever played with, telling reporters “his all-round game is phenomenal.”
It surely can’t get much better than that.