Jon Flanagan would have hoped to kick-start his career again when he joined Rangers on a two-year deal from Liverpool during the summer transfer window, but his debut campaign with the Glasgow giants hasn’t gone to plan and he may already be running out of chances to prove he has a future with them.
Well, despite primarily being a right-back by trade, the 26-year-old has often also found himself filling in at left-back having done a solid enough job there over the years.
When the one-cap England international arrived north of the border he would surely have been hoping to make his favoured position his own at Ibrox, but he knew he faced a tough battle given he was coming up against James Tavernier – the captain of the club.
It is a battle that he has failed with as 17 of his 21 starts this term have come at left-back according to Transfermarkt, where he has competed with the likes of Borna Barisic and Andy Halliday in what has proven to be a problem position for the Gers.
It is perhaps unfair to judge Flanagan on his performances since he has mainly featured on the opposite flank to where he is undeniably best, but with his contract expiring in 2020 he is running out of time and chances to make his mark.
That said, he came under criticism from his own supporters on Twitter following his display at right-back in the cup victory against Cowdenbeath last month, and the fact that he hasn’t made a Steven Gerrard squad since perhaps tells you all you need to know about his thoughts on the player.
The 38-year-old has also been linked with making a move for Liverpool left-back Adam Lewis in recent times, according to The Sun on Sunday, via The Daily Star – a potential deal that would surely have pushed Flanagan even further down the pecking order – and while the 26-year-old may have been a good addition on paper, his arrival at Ibrox may have come at the wrong time.