Take a look on Twitter this week and amid all the grumbling at Rangers you might’ve seen widespread appeals in favour of one player who’d “consider” a move to Ibrox getting a ticket to the Euros.
Ryan Gauld – the mini-Messi as he was famously once dubbed – has been on electric form for the second bottom side in the Portuguese Primiera Liga as his talent begins to get recognised.
The ex-Dundee United wonderkid – now 25 – is currently plying his trade for Farense in the Portguese top flight after finding his feet in Portugal.
A £3m signing for Sporting Lisbon way back in 2014 [Scotsman], Gauld was once considered the next big thing in Scottish football and famously had a £47.9m release clause at Sporting.
After a series of loan moves – including an injury-strewn spell at Hibs – Gauld was signed by Farense permanently in 2019 and fired them to promotion last season as the club’s top scorer.
Gauld has netted nine times and laid on seven assists this season in the Portuguese top-flight and even won the Player of the Month award for April.
One of the most desired Steve Clarke picks for the Scotland squad at Euro 2020 for some, the midfielder was left disappointed after he was left out of the side.
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) May 19, 2021
Linked to Rangers in 2018 [Scottish Sun] and routinely named as a player some fans might like to see at Ibrox, Vital Rangers claim the player would consider an Ibrox move with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Whilst it’s not clear if Gauld is an option for Rangers – and there have been no official sounds as such – the Gers are reportedly in the market for an Algerian international midfielder on the continent.