Over the weekend, both Rangers and Celtic were linked with Wigan Athletic playmaker, Nick Powell.
The former Man United player’s current deal expires in June. Therefore, he is permitted to enter into pre-contract negotiations.
Yet, yesterday, Steven Gerrard insisted there were no plans to bring Powell in.
“It’s the first I’ve heard of it”, the manager told Sky Sports, when asked to comment on the reports.
Powell has netted four goals and registered four assists in the Championship this season, after accumulating an impressive 15 strikes in League One, last campaign.
Despite all that, Gerrard is right to distance the club from his signature.
Rangers’ midfield is already packed out and they simply don’t need another addition. Especially, someone who plays centrally. Albeit, in an advanced role.
Perhaps more importantly, though, his style isn’t suited to Rangers.
Even in his early days at United, he was a laid-back player. More often than not, he gives the impression of strolling through games.
That wouldn’t go down well at Ibrox.
His recent contributions in the final third at Wigan, have been decent. Yet, he would need to up those levels considerably, to get away with cruising through matches for Rangers.
The likes of Morelos and Candeias are so popular not just because of their talent, but because of their work rate and passion.
Any club that brings in Powell would undoubtedly get the former, but may find themselves short of the latter.