Thursday, 16 May 2019

Rangers close to signing 20 goals and assists man; sources


As various sources have attested to, former youth product and current Aberdeen loan from Birmingham City forward Greg Stewart is set to join Rangers in barely two weeks on a three-year deal.

The 29-year old attacker (who can fit a multitude of positions) has been linked with a switch to Ibrox for years. Back in his Dundee days it was a borderline stick on that he was returning home to Govan, only for the talk to dry up and the reported transfer to collapse.

But here we are a few years later and the ex-Killie loanee will finally don (pun not intended) our shirt at long last and turn out in the light blue, in a romantic tale of one of our own coming home.

Much of the talk about this deal is just how good he actually is – bear in mind at 29 and despite plenty of experience in England’s Championship with City he never even managed a call up for the national team far less any caps.

It also wouldn’t be completely unfair though to call Stewart a failure down south – he never scored or assisted in 21 league appearances, but he did infinitely better in the league cup group stage back in Scotland for Dundee the same season, managing an impressive 8 goals and assists in only three matches, admittedly against sides not quite of the calibre of Liverpool.

Yet when we look at his record in the SPL this season, it also makes for impressive reading – 20 goals and assists in 36 appearances technically makes him one of the entire division’s stand out players this campaign, albeit he was a lot less notable for them last time around.

So, if Greg Stewart is peaking late in his career, at 29, it appears it’s Rangers who may just reap the rewards for that.

But, there is a caveat. Stewart does not have his injury troubles to seek either, only just recently having returned from a hip injury – but then on his comeback he scored the winner, so it may just be that his issues are a thing of the past.

Is Greg Stewart Andriy Shevchenko? Probably not. But for a free transfer this utility man who can play up front, wide left, wide right or deeper as a 10 is honestly good for squad depth.

And his record in the SPL this season makes him one of the most productive players in the division these days.

This could well be a much better signing than a lot of Rangers fans fear it is.

4 comments:

  1. He scored 8 and made 6 in the league at Kilmarnock according to BBC but has 1 goal and no assists at Aberdeen in the league, although he did get 1 cup goal for the sheep according to Wikipedia. 8 goals and 8 assists across the season according to Transfermarkt
    So I would have to note he didn't play for Aberdeen all season; he has 1 goal and 1 assist for Aberdeen since January and he doesn't have a total of 20 for the season.
    Having said that, I believe the sheep haven't played him in his preferred position and he is a decent squad filler for us at low cost. Whether Morelos goes or not, Stewart likely to be number 3 behind Morelos/A N Other and Defoe, replacing Lafferty or number 3 for the No 10 second striker jersey behind Arfield and someone new and good. I would rather we had Docherty for that role.

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    1. Amended that slightly SWH, cheers - although whether for Killie or Aberdeen, it's still a decent return.

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    2. Stewart will be a great signing--and he is costing nothing. I have been saying for years that we should sign him--and next season he will improve our attacking options. Defoe will not always be available--and in some games it will make sense to play with two centre forwards--or an outright centre and a slighter deeper lying striker as well. (along with Arfield--it will confuse the hell out of opposing defences, who will not know who to mark!!

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    3. They will. They will just mark the other guy because Stewart just doesn't look up to it to me. Go prove me wrong.

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