Rangers may just have dodged a huge January bullet


We’ve heard more than a few whispers in recent seasons linking Rangers with a move for Sporting’s Ryan Gauld, with the creative midfielder being (formerly) hot property in Scottish football.

Indeed, many fans used to tout him for a move to Ibrox given his reputation, and the fact he got a big move to a major European league at such a young age, and had evident potential.

Neil Lennon has instead taken the attacker on loan at Hibs, and that very move gives some idea of how Gauld’s stock has plummeted. And badly.

The move to Portgual stunted his development, given at 23 he’s miles away being considered for a place in the Scottish national side, and equally in five seasons he’s only managed just over 20 appearances for the Sporting first team to give some idea of what a bad move this ended up being.

Did Rangers dodge a bullet here? It looks like it – but of course this may just be a case of the wrong move at the wrong time, and had Rangers secured him seasons ago, he may have developed better.

But equally, we weren’t in a position pre-2016 to sign a player of his value. Or is that former value these days.

End of the day, it looks like Hibs is about his level. It’s either a coup for them or a real step down for him, or a bit of both, but his move there really does look like Rangers did the right thing looking elsewhere.


  1. Your right the guy has fallen off the radar. But as usual when we put someone down like this they usually come back to kick us up the arse. A do t see it but it's happened before let's not ore-judge the guy leave that for the timmys.

  2. Yeah, and if your Aunt had balls she would be your Uncle. What a bunch of crap. Who knows what would have happened with his development if things had been scripted differently. No use speculating what might have happened just to make it look as if Rangers are lucky they never singed him. We are talking about a young Scot, who once showed some promise. Let's not write him off yet.

  3. Scotland has a habit of producing excellent prospects in their teenage years but many never materialise into top players. Many end up at low league clubs or worse still propping up some bar telling anyone that listens that they once made the Scotland youth set up. Their is a huge problem with youth football in this country.

  4. if he was any use he would be on a international cap by now just shows look at souttar from hearts both from dundee utd he has been capped

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