Stevie probably just doesn’t rate Rangers man

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 22: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC and Greg Stewart of Rangers FC interact following their victory in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on August 22, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

One man we’ve not really covered at all in months is former Aberdeen forward Greg Stewart. Once upon a time hugely hyped as returning to Ibrox in his Dundee days, the versatile forward finally arrived in the summer of 2019 with fans generally having low expectations.

And the brutal reality is those fans were bang on, as he has made just 28 appearances, with only 6 as a starter, since the day he joined on the dotted line.

We had some high expectations of Stewart, considering him of a similar level to Kyle Lafferty but more likely to perform in this shirt, being a boyhood fan and a fairly underperforming career journeyman who had finally got the move he wanted.

His limited outings this season would suggest he is literally the epitome of a squad player, however, and is miles off being good enough unless Rangers suffer a raft of injuries and he has to be deployed.

Stewart did manage a very decent 25 outings last season, but Rangers’ squad simply wasn’t good enough last campaign and that especially told after the new year.

This time around he’s played just three times, one as a starter in Gibraltar, but his SPL outings have been a grand total of 5 minutes and it’s evident he’s somewhere off being good enough this season for a Rangers who have clearly moved to a new level.

He’s a decent lad, and he wants to play, but like Lafferty, and many others, his limited appearances this season give some idea of how his manager rates him.

He’s an absolute squad fodder, and that’s fine. You need players like him in there too, reliable and solid, even if they’re miles away from being a first pick.

But… we guess we just expected a little more from him.

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  1. He was signed as a squad player and we’ve improved our squad significantly. Still a squad player but can’t see him playing when we can barely get Defoe, Hagi, Itten and Jones any game time.

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