Ahead of the home clash against Ross County last week, we argued that Steven Gerrard’s call to omit Jon Flanagan from the Rangers matchday squad suggested he may have finally run out of opportunities.
That night, even in the absence of James Tavernier, he failed to make the bench, with Matt Polster included in the starting XI and 18-year-old Nathan Patterson named amongst the substitutes.
Then, earlier this week, it emerged that another call has been made which adds to the sense the Flanagan may have already had his final opportunity at Rangers. The defender has been removed from the extended Europa League squad [UEFA.com].
Being omitted from the squad now means that Flanagan will be unable to play any further part in the competition, regardless of how far the Gers progress.
While his dropping against County could have been a temporary reaction to poor displays against both St Mirren and Hearts, this omission speaks of a more permanent falling out of favour.
It seems he’s now fourth-choice in his preferred right-back slot and third-choice at left-back behind both Borna Barisic and Andy Halliday.
Flanagan has made 39 appearances for the Gers since joining in the summer of 2018 and while at times he’s done a job defensively, he simply doesn’t suit this team’s style of play.
In a side where the first-choice full-backs, Tavernier and Barisic, bomb forward and rack up assists galore, the scouser has one in his Gers career.
With his contract expiring in the summer, we may already have seen the last of the 27-year-old in Light Blue.