Chris Cadden’s chance to impress Rangers was presented to him yesterday, but he failed miserably.
It’s been a quiet season for the Motherwell star, who has yet to sign a new deal at Fir Park. Cadden has been one of the mainstays of the Motherwell side for the last five years, and a change beckons.
One of his long-term suitors, however, are Rangers. That interest in Cadden has waned in recent transfer windows, but there surely remains one eye on his development.
Regardless, that drop in interest is what made yesterday’s match so important for the right-winger. This was his time to shine and make Rangers stand up and take notice of him. He’s performed in the past at Ibrox, and consistently caused Rangers problems with his crossing, but he needed to remind the Gers of that.
Unfortunately, Cadden had what may have been one of his worst games in a Motherwell jersey. The young Scotsman couldn’t get into the game after Carl McHugh’s first-half red card. He looked like he was struggling to get into the contest in the first 35 minutes also.
An unfortunate red
Sure, he was done a little by the red card. That limited the likes of him, Curtis Main, and Ryan Bowman. It was a backs-to-the-wall job after that to keep Rangers out. The fact is, however, that Cadden had to seriously turn it on at Ibrox yesterday and he failed to do so.
Andy Halliday instead had yet another competent game at left-back. Cadden offered him very little in the way of a challenge, and Rangers strolled to victory in a game that seemed to totally bypass the right-winger.
Ahead of January, this was the chance. If he wanted his Rangers move, now was the time to impress Steven Gerrard. With 17 appearances to his name this season and just one goal and five assists, he has to be disappointed with himself this term.
Even more painful for him will have been watching Rangers’ number two right-winger, Eros Grezda, bag a brace.
Grezda is looking to battle it out with Daniel Candeias for that right-sided slot, and Gerrard will love the rivalry the pair are forming. The Gers manager will also have taken a look at Cadden and is likely to think “no thanks”.
Cadden will get a decent move, most likely down south, in the summer. Unless he steps it up massively, however, that move won’t be to Glasgow.