Swansea City wrestled to keep Morgan Whittaker at the club amid strong interest from Rangers but the young winger finds himself only being trusted off the bench.
After lighting up League One on loan at Plymouth Argyle in the first half of the season, the 22-year-old right-sided attacker was called back to south Wales for the second half of the Championship campaign.
But since then Morgan Whittaker – albeit having made ten appearances in total – has only made two starts for the 16th place English second tier outfit.
Once again at the weekend Whittaker was a substitute for Swansea, the former England youth international getting 18 minutes in the club’s 2-0 victory over Bristol City.
Rangers-linked Joel Piroe also played in the clash but those substitute appearances for Morgan Whittaker will also catch the eye of Ibrox fans.
The Gers were extensively linked to the young attacker during the last transfer window, with Ibrox manager Michael Beale confirming Rangers interest in Morgan Whittaker in the press.
However, there was much conjecture regarded a reported bid for the player with the likes of Fabrizio Romano claiming the Gers bid £2m for the Swansea star. Even if Michael Beale did refute the claims.
Morgan Whittaker a Swansea sub amid Rangers links.
Ex-Rangers defender and Swansea manager Russell Martin apologised to Ibrox fans for being “rubbish” during his Glasgow stint as he claimed the call on the player wasn’t his decision.
But with more than a hint that Rangers might return in the summer, if Morgan Whittaker remains only a substitute option for Swansea then perhaps he’ll be eyeing the exit door.
That’s if he wasn’t already in January.
Whilst Swansea recalled Morgan Whittaker to have a closer look at him following that fine Plymouth form, it’s clear the club don’t have a starting berth for the attacker as things stand.
There is no guarantee this would be the case at Rangers, but right-wing has proven a troublesome spot for the Ibrox side and at the very least the talented young forward would be given a proper shot.
The situation is one to watch heading into the summer window at Rangers with Michael Beale set to ring the changes at Ibrox.