Former Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has admitted that he’d love to keep loan players like Jason Holt at Fleetwood Town next season – and with Holt an outcast at Ibrox a deal for the former Hearts ace shouldn’t be too hard to agree.
Holt has spent the season playing under Barton and former Ibrox team-mate Clint Hill at Fleetwood but suffered a knee injury against Accrington that ended his campaign early.
The midfielder seems to have no future at Ibrox whatsoever and a return to Fleetwood would suit all parties.
Barton has told the Blackpool Gazette that he’d like to see players such as Holt and Ched Evans return after their loans end, insisting they “really added to the group.”
Although Holt has returned to Rangers for treatment on his ankle injury, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if there were already some sort of talks about extending his stay in the North-West.
With only a year left on his Ibrox contract, it’s a case of when rather than if Holt departs permanently.
An extended loan or even a permanent move to Fleetwood would be a good move for Holt, who’ll go with the best wishes of Rangers fans.
It might not have worked out for him under Steven Gerrard but he showed how valuable he could be under the Liverpool icon’s predecessors.