After coming on with 15 minutes to go and netting a brace against Hearts on Sunday, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard admitted that Greg Stewart has “given him something to think about” ahead of a midweek trip to Aberdeen [RangersTV].
Given that this is the last fixture before the League Cup final against Celtic, it’s the perfect time to give the 29-year-old an audition.
As we’ve discussed at length in recent times, the attacking right berth has been a problem position for much of the season [Rangers News YouTube].
Scott Arfield, Sheyi Ojo, Brandon Barker and Joe Aribo have all now had a go, with no one managing to nail down the spot in the same way Borna Barisic has made the previously problematic left-back position his own.
Stewart is perhaps the summer signing who has had the fewest opportunities to impress, despite doing well whenever he’s had a sniff. Sunday afternoon was a prime example of that.
Having only been afforded three minutes of game time in the previous month, he was given 15 minutes against the Jambos, injecting energy into the final stages and scoring twice.
He’s only completed a full 90 minutes three times in Light Blue, but he’s registered at least an assist on each of those occasions and scored against the Dons in September.
Surely, he’s now earned the right to prove himself in what promises to be a tricky away fixture.
The attacking right slot is one of, if not the only position that isn’t nailed down ahead of the League Cup final. Everyone else has had ample opportunity to show what they can do ahead of the showpiece event, and now it’s time Stewart got his chance.