Rangers were able to watch one of their transfer targets up close and personal on Sunday as Kevin Nisbet lined up for Hibernian at Ibrox.
The striker played the full 90 minutes for Hibs as the Gers came from behind to win 2-1 and return to the top of the Scottish Premiership.
“I know he was keen on bringing in quality. He was keen on bringing in a striker, I know he was keen on Nisbet, and for whatever reason, he couldn’t that over the line.”
So, how did Nisbet get on against Gerrard’s side? He scored the opening goal with a fine header in the eighth minute and, without looking at anything else, that would suggest Rangers were impressed with what they witnessed from their potential January target.
However, that may not be the case after taking a deep dive into his performance. Goals are not everything in football and the overall standard of a player’s displays should be taken into consideration. After all, that is what the bulk of their play consists of and is what they rely upon when not scoring goals.
Outside of his strike early in the game, Nisbet put in a worrying showing that could send a warning to Ross Wilson watching on in the stands. The Gers chief, who calls the shots on transfers, may be less inclined to splash the cash on the Scotland international after seeing how much he struggled with and without the ball.
In possession, Nisbet was a liability for Hibs. Per SofaScore, he lost possession 18 times from 30 touches – more than once every two touches – and only completed a measly 44% of his attempted passes, whilst failing with both of his attempted dribbles.
This shows how poor he was with the ball at his feet, which will ring alarm bells for Wilson as it provides an insight into how he could cope in a possession-based side for the Gers.
Off the ball, the 24-year-old also struggled. Per SofaScore, he lost 66.66% of his duels on the pitch, losing 18 of his 27 battles. Along with his, he gave away four fouls and was dribbled past twice, whilst failing to make a single tackle or interception.
Therefore, he was disappointing with both sides of his game after scoring the opener, which could erase any positive impression that the strike had on Wilson and Gerrard.
This worrying display has sent a transfer warning to the Gers and it could be 90 minutes that lives long in the memory as the club prepare their January transfer plans.