We’ve barely treated the Ross Stewart story with any seriousness but given he’s been firmly planted into Rangers’ alleged transfer shopping list this summer by verified journos and various ‘credible’ Scottish press, we’re going to have a look at the 25-year old and tell you he’s nowhere near good enough and this rumour must surely be a pile of twaddle.
Stewart, who has just started to eke his way into the Scotland setup, is fairly average at every level he’s played, including the SPL and League One.
This striker is the very definition of a journeyman, excelling in League One with Sunderland at a rate of 29 in 65. It’s decent but it’s at a very low level.
In the SPL he was 9 in 41, which is certainly nothing impressive, and at the highest level he’s played, England’s Championship, his record was abysmal – 6 in 32.
This is not a good striker, and we’d be absolutely staggered if Gio is in any way interested in him.
The press seem to have plucked his name out, and even more tellingly plucked him out as a ‘striker to replace Alfredo Morelos’ in the event of the Colombian not accepting a new deal.
Stewart’s deal has another year to run in itself, so the theory is if Morelos doesn’t sign a new contract, Stewart (with barely a £1M market value) would come in this summer to be ready to take over.
If ever we saw a story which screamed of ‘fake news’ this would be it.
As Ibrox Noise regulars know, we trust GVB completely, so if he really is interested in this guy, we 100% kowtow to his judgement in seeing what we can’t.
But we’d be flabbergasted if someone who epitomises the ‘low-level journeyman’ sentiment is on our shopping list to replace the best striker in Scotland.