Rangers’ purported interest in former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere appears to be dead in the water after not only the story went completely quiet, but the recently-released West Ham midfielder put out content promoting his attempts to get fit by going to the local park.
The 28-year old, currently without a club, shared echoes of Michael Owen’s ‘clean and fresh’ embarrassment of years ago when the former Liverpool star created a brochure to promote himself, and in all fairness did get a move to Man Utd.
This was something ex-Bayern midfielder Owen Hargreaves also did, filming himself exercising and putting it out to potential suitors.
Wilshere, as a free agent, is now doing the same, but if there ever were any real discussions between he and Rangers’ board, they’re completely a thing of the past.
It appears Rangers both cannot afford his wages (estimated to be around £100,000 a week) so would have had to give him a giant paycut he clearly wasn’t willing to take, and aren’t interested in adding another sicknote player after Wilshere’s diabolical career injury issues.
Ibrox Noise’s Kevin also pointed out potential with Wilshere’s personality, and that it was very strange a player of his quality has failed to really hit the heights in the sport, and plus was overlooked at the London Stadium when he claimed to be 100% fit. Could there be issues in terms of conduct and professionalism?
Whatever the truth about his career, Wilshere to Rangers isn’t happening.
Probably for a multitude of reasons.
But as many fans have now pointed out – do we even need him?
Rangers have a glut of quality attacking midfielders now, in Joe Aribo (back again), Scott Arfield (having a sensational season), and Ianis Hagi (one of the smartest players in the squad) while central is hardly struggling either.
There really isn’t room for a player who would cost as much as Wilshere and who might have to be shoehorned in to fit him properly.
Of course, he’s a talent, a top-class talent – few would argue that point. And they always say you should look to better your team no matter how good it already is.
But Wilshere is a sicknote, and an expensive one.
Either way, both parties seem to have moved on.