Rangers coach, Michael Beale, has given the low down on several players currently on the fringes of the first team, in an interview with RangersTV.
Despite offloading players like Joe Dodoo, Graham Dorrans and Jason Holt on Deadline Day, the Gers still have a very big squad and some players are struggling to get a look in.
One of those is Greg Stewart. The versatile 29-year-old attacker signed following his release by Birmingham City this summer, but given his relative lack of playing time, we recently questioned the rationale behind the move.
Yet, he made a brief cameo as a substitute away at St Johnstone yesterday and according to Beale, he is knocking on the door for a start.
Rangers coach Beale predicts imminent chance for Stewart
“Greg Stewart’s training very well,” the Gers coach told RangersTV. “It’s harsh sometimes football, sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve.”
“It’s the same as big Filip Helander who came in the other day and has been training really well and then you see he comes in and puts in a big performance. Greg will get that opportunity.”
It’s interesting to get something of an inside track from Beale on Stewart’s standing within the squad.
The former Aberdeen and Kilmarnock loanee has made seven appearances since arriving in the summer, but his last start came over a month ago against East Fife, and he’s yet to score for the club.
Given there’s no out-and-out no.10 spot in Steven Gerrard’s setup, it’s also hard to see how Stewart will be maximised. Right now, he appears to be competing for the kind of wider role in which he struggled for Aberdeen towards the back end of last season.
However, it seems we’re going to see a bit more of him in action as the season progresses.
Beale certainly seems to be impressed by what he’s seeing, so perhaps we should reserve an element of judgement until those opportunities come. Soon, the reasoning behind this signing may become clearer.