While we know the job of football agents is to big their players up, the agent of Manchester United’s James Garner, Steven Beck, has brought Rangers into the circle of clubs said to be interested in the defensive midfielders, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest.
Now, we should point out a slight caveat – the only other two clubs Beck namedropped in this are Norwich and Brighton – one of those seeks PL status again, while the other may be about to lose it – they’re not quite marquee names, with all due respect to both.
But what is clear is Rangers are now in the market for defensive midfielders. It’s a position the club could be in major flux over come the summer, with uncertainty around Ryan Jack’s fitness, Bongani Zungu’s continued stay, Steven Davis’ age and Glen Kamara’s potential sale, it’s an area where new quality imports will be required.
But again, as we say, agents’ jobs are to plug their players, and get them a big shiny move, and themselves a nice fat commission.
Is Garner good enough? He’s had a good 2021 at the City Ground for Forest, and at just 20 has a lot of experience at Championship level.
But the truth is Rangers are now shopping mostly in the Premier League. We’re the Champions, on the verge of the group stage of the Champions League and 3 wonderful Europa League seasons – the days of relying on League One or Championship down south are surely behind us.
We should be, and probably are, targeting players of Premier League level now, not those deemed not good enough and ending up in the Championship or lower. We’re not going to find Ryan Kents all the time, and indeed, didn’t.
If we look at our current squad, of the bulk of the players we have just three are former Championship or League One acquisitions – McLaughlin, Simpson and Aribo, and only one of them is a major XI player.
The rest are all SPL, continental or PL players.
So while we’re sure this Garner chap is a decent enough player, ‘decent enough’ isn’t quite good enough for Rangers.
Of course, if Stevie IS interested we’ll eat our words happily and kowtow to his superior judgement, but we would be surprised if he is.
We’re not signing Sheyi Ojos and Ovie Ejarias any more.