The Chalkboard: Greg Stewart will give Rangers creative edge they’ve lacked this season

Greg Stewart is on the verge of being announced as Steven Gerrard’s next Rangers signing, according to The Scottish Sun.

The paper say that the deal is done, with the player agreeing a two-year deal having been released by English Championship side Birmingham City.

The 29-year-old has spent the last season on loan at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership and will become Gerrard’s latest attacking addition after the acquisitions of Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie.

It’s a move that might raise some eyebrows considering his middling form while at Aberdeen, but he could fit well into the Rangers set-up and be the creative boost Gerrard has been looking for all season.

On the chalkboard

Ostensibly Stewart would be arriving at Rangers to provide a much needed link between midfield and attack that has eluded their team for much of the last year.

The Gers have been playing some exciting, fluid football over the last month or two, but fans will also remember the dour draws that littered their league campaign and the multiple displays where striker Alfredo Morelos looked isolated from the rest of his teammates.

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Stewart can play in the pocket behind a central striker and both set-up opportunities or provide his own goal threat.

He scored ten goals and assisted ten more across the season for Killie and the Dons, the majority of which came in the first half of the season at Rugby Park.

Who does he replace?

Stewart is a versatile talent and although he is unlikely to be a direct replacement for any single player, he will provide competition for a number of players, the most notable of whom are Scott Arfield, Daniel Candeias and Rangers’ strikers Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos.

Arfield is unlikely to be dropped, but Stewart can definitely provide back-up or a different option in matches when things aren’t going the Canadian international’s way.

Also adept on the right flank or through the middle in attack, he’s the kind of talent that can find his way into a starting eleven quite easily and could be getting plenty of matches next season.