Pennington switch to Rangers would be beneficial for both parties

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard should consider making a loan move for Everton defender Matthew Pennington to boost the Gers’ options at the back.

What’s the word?

The former Liverpool captain has not exactly been shy in the transfer market as he has already recruited 11 new players.

Scott Arfield, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Jon Flanagan, Jamie Murphy, Allan McGregor, Ovie Ejaria, Lassana Coulibaly, Ryan Kent, Umar Sadiq and Borna Barisic have all come through the welcome gates at Ibrox.

Following the departures of Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso, though, the Gers could do with some extra options at the back.

With the loan market still open, it may be worth Gerrard considering a move for Everton’s Pennington, who is staring at a season on the bench, at best, at Goodison Park.

Would it work?

Pennington has not had enough first-team football at Everton to know if he would succeed at Rangers.

However, at the age of 23, he needs to be playing on a more regular basis, and Ibrox could be the ideal destination for that.

The Warrington-born centre-back spent last season on loan at Leeds United, where he made 24 Championship appearances, 15 of which were starts.

Gerrard has made it clear that he sees worth in young talent, and therefore could give Pennington some much-needed minutes.

With Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma joining an already full defence at Everton, it would be best for the local lad to move elsewhere for the season.