The former Everton midfielder – whom Chelsea paid £15m to sign in 2018 – has been released from his Stamford Bridge contract and is still without a club after the window closed.
But due to the fact the 28-year-old attacking midfielder is a free agent, Ross Barkley is free to sign a deal with a new club outside of the specified transfer window.
That means theoretically Rangers could still make a move to sign the player and given the links in the final days of the transfer window it’ll be interesting to see where the 33-times capped England international winds up.
Rangers’ squad has been decimated by injury and the club clearly need quality reinforcements if they’re to compete on four fronts.
That these weren’t brought in post-Champions League qualification has plenty of Rangers fans nervous.
Rangers-linked Ross Barkley still a free-agent
One of the Premier League’s most prominent attacking midfielders for years, Ross Barkley could offer the club a quality option and also provide a boost to supporters.
But given the player only played six Premier League games last season, there’s that lingering reminder of Joey Barton and Aaron Ramsey that has Rangers supporters fearing any move would represent a gamble.
There’s also the Champions League factor, with any prospective post-window move missing the Friday 2nd September deadline to be part of the Rangers squad for the tournament.
There’s no doubt Ross Barkley would expect a pretty penny even if he’d drop his reported £110k a week wages from Chelsea and any move would represent a roll of the dice from Rangers for sure.
But as fans lick their wounds following the 4-0 demolition at the hands of Celtic, it’s the kind of gamble that could perhaps haul the side back into the title race with the Gers already five points behind.
Rangers now face trips to Pittodrie and Tynecastle in their next three matches – with an Ibrox clash against Dundee United sandwiched in between – and Celtic could be out of sight in a matter of weeks if we don’t get our act together.
The biggest issues pertain to a lack of quality options in the squad and a series of major injuries and plenty believe that bulking out our options with Ross Barkley can help haul back momentum domestically.
Meanwhile, a leading Rangers club insider has dropped a major hint regarding the future fee attached to a loanee taking Ibrox by storm.