If one thing has been completely overlooked this summer, it’s Rangers’ midfield. It’s just not an area of the pitch fans have been discussing at all, going by our watch. So, Ibrox Noise decided to take a little look in the middle and see where we are.
Generally midfield functioned rather well last season, it’s not an area of the pitch we’re currently low on resources, but of course if a chance rises with a top quality player, say a Gilmour or a Winks, our manager, a top midfielder himself back in the day, will certainly open his eyes.
Looking at what we have, we start with Steven Davis. He has been signed on for an extra season in a move which is far from progressive, and there’s no question he’s a fringe player now. He is wise though, a good, well-respected leader and can help to coach those around him. He will play about a third of the matches give or take.
Then there’s Ryan Jack. He’s not been himself since the return from injury, it seems that year offline robbed him of his edge. He’s fit again in the sense he can play but he lacks the dynamic mobility he used to have and almost always gets taken off early now. He’s not what he was.
Glen Kamara is next. He’s definitely not been at full pelt for at least a year, and his head may be turned to down south. Fair enough really, he’s been great value for the money, and when he’s at his best he’s extremely good. Could play for anyone. But not a player we should be building around.
Next up it’s Scotty. We love him, but he’s getting on a little and isn’t as untouchable in the first team as he was. One of us, a great leader, filled with passion, but we can’t expect the earth from him any more. He will always do a job even if it’s not with the same energy he once had. We’re glad he’s staying another year though.
Joe Aribo comes next. Will he won’t he stay – we know the club expect him to leave, and the lack of interest on his part in a new deal says a lot. Lovely guy, but the word is he just wants to go home now, and that’s fair enough. Hopefully we get a good bid for him.
And last but not least big John Lundstram. Big Bad John has been stellar this year, with his career high of those displays from January to the end of the season. He was as good as anyone we’ve seen in the blue shirt in the 6 position. We have had bids for him, but nowhere near the value we place on him. Someone we definitely want to keep and build around.
We also have the Stephen Kellys, James Sands, and Nnamdi Ofoborhs, but they’re on the periphery at this point and we can’t really put any measurement on them.
We have four men definitely in our shirt next season – Lunny, Arfield, Davis and Jack, but only one of them really stands out as ‘good’ enough per se as far as building and momentum go. Kamara and Aribo are vulnerable to exits, and so there really is a feeling when we pick apart our middle that Rangers could use a good new signing or two in there.
Winks? Gilmour? We’d take either of them. An area to monitor for sure.