As we discussed this morning, Steven Gerrard’s loan strategy may have been inadvertently exposed by English paper the Liverpool Echo who revealed the Anfield club use the loan market as a shop window for their young players, the ones who won’t make the first team.
It would appear Steven Gerrard is doing something similar at Ibrox, and any player who is out on loan, whatever their age and whether they came through the youth system or not, is not going to make it under him using this present tactic.
Ibrox Noise takes you through the main names away on loan, and who, as a result, may have no future at all at our club:
The biggie. Despite being a better player than Joe Aribo, Gerrard made his choice long ago when he signed the ex-Charlton man, whose domestic stats this season are similar for second top Rangers as Docherty’s are for midtable Hibs. Bear in mind Aribo’s are via 26 appearances, while Docherty’s are only for 10. But unless Gerrard randomly changes his strategy, Docherty is done at Ibrox under him.
Another one tearing it up at their loan club, Murphy’s injured ended his Rangers career, and despite proving his fitness and form, if the loan theory is true, Murphy won’t get any chance to revive it.
He’s made 3 appearances for Bradford, but despite a promising time in the UEL last season for Rangers, this is one it seems the manager fell out of love with.
Another biggie, really, McCrorie, who has our best wishes at this difficult time (he should be ok) was ditched out to Portsmouth in another example of Gerrard picking his own man in Glen Kamara. Wrong choice we’d have to say.
Those are probably the four main ones who might have been able to add something to the squad, but who probably won’t get the chance to now.
There are more though.
Robby McCrorie, Jak Alnwick, Jason Holt, Jamie Barjonas, Jordan Rossiter, and a glut of kids such as Aidan Wilson and Stephen Kelly will all find their Rangers careers at an end if this theory is accurate. Of course Jordan Rossiter’s already was, given his loan was to take him to the end of his Rangers contract, but the point stands.