Rangers have been linked this morning to a twist pseudo-swap story involving departed Ross McCrorie and Aberdeen’s long-linked midfielder Lewis Ferguson.
The information is that part of the loan deal for McCrorie out to Pittodrie with obligation to buy next summer was the arrival of Lewis Ferguson the other way, with the latter most definitely wanting a move to Ibrox.
Ferguson, of course, has been long-associated with everything Rangers and while there’s debate over whether we ‘need’ him, the YPOTY nominee two years running and winner last season is spoken as being on his way, especially amidst the collapse of the Bongani Zungu deal.
Whatever the reason for Steven Gerrard’s dislike of both Greg Docherty and outgone McCrorie, he has been vocally in the market for a high-combustion option for the middle of the park, and with the negotiations over Zungu failing over his physical condition, Lewis Ferguson has returned to the picture.
Many fans argue it’s a strange one, such is this manager’s patent disregard for young Scottish players, and we admit they have a point. Under Gerrard, no Scottish players have come close to thriving, aside the established two of Allan McGregor and Ryan Jack, and the younger you are the less of a chance you appear to have.
But if Ferguson is a Gerrard acquisition, that makes a difference – Gerrard tends to favour the players he’s signed, consented and approved, and Ferguson coming now would imply he’s such a player, regardless of his age or similarities to either McCrorie or Docherty.
But we’ll see what materialises from this one.