Jason Holt’s loan spell at Fleetwood has had its ups and downs, but will he ever truly be a Rangers star again?
Holt was one of the first names to be sent out when Steven Gerrard walked in the door. The new Gers manager simply didn’t fancy the former Hearts man, and sent him out for regular football.
A move to Fleetwood Town looked a bit poor on paper. Granted, Holt would get games, but not at a particularly high level. Given the fact it’s also coming under one Joey Barton, questions could easily have been raised about how much he really would’ve improved.
Yet, overall, Holt has had a successful loan stint down in England so far. Making 13 appearances, he’s solidified himself as one of Barton’s key men at Fleetwood. Despite the fact the first-team were given a warning by Barton for poor performances, Holt has been performing well.
The big question, however, is whether he can make an impact when he returns.
Unfortunately, if you’re talking about regular first-team action, then most definitely not. If Rangers can keep hold of Lassana Coulibaly and Ovie Ejaria beyond the summer, it’s tricky to see where Holt is fitting in.
Is there a better Holt already here?
Coulibaly does Holt’s job but with greater quality. Whilst that might seem harsh on a player who gave everything for Rangers, it’s the truth. At the moment, Gerrard has a midfield with a perfect balance to it. Holt wouldn’t get in this side ahead of the likes of Coulibaly, Ejaria, Scott Arfield, or even Ryan Jack.
Meanwhile, Holt would have to battle a revived Graham Dorrans and a hungry Greg Docherty. That alone is a daunting proposition for a player who just doesn’t have the quality to match his drive.
Holt is still only 25-years-old of course. He still has a lot of development left in his game. That development, however, surely won’t come as a regular Rangers player.
Like it or not, the team has now evolved past the energetic Holt.
That’s not to say that he couldn’t play a part in some stage. Having him around as back-up would be suitable for many Gers supporters. But as it stands, you have to imagine Gerrard would be happy for someone to get Holt off the wage bill.
All Rangers supporters appreciate the work that Holt has put in at Ibrox. He was a key part in getting the club back to the Premiership under Mark Warburton. Unfortunately, that appears to be the limit of his potential achievements at Ibrox.