With club football and Rangers put on hold during the international break – and despite the transfer window being closed – there’s been only major story coming out of Ibrox this week.
Whilst Celtic have been toiling with Covid-related issues aplenty, Rangers fans have had to make do with the comparably normal transfer links to former England prodigy Jack Wilshere.
When Wilshere was coming through at Arsenal, the midfielder was amongst the most highly-rated young talents in global football but bad injuries have blighted what promised to be a stellar career.
Following his release from West Ham – a period of his career where Wilshere is adamant he wasn’t given a chance – there has been much talk about Rangers moving for the player.
Whether Rangers’ interest or any of the speculation is authentic is really by-the-by until something materialises, but the latest comments from camp Wilshere suggest the prospect of signing the player might not be fantasy.
A “source” close to Wilshere told Press Association journalist Andy Newport that Wilshere would be willing to a consider a move to Rangers.
That source also claims that Rangers are yet to make a move.
Understand there have been no contact between Rangers and Jack Wilshere so far but source close to the former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder say he would be willing to consider move to Ibrox
Story running on PA wire now
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) October 10, 2020
“Rangers would be an option for Jack if there had been any contact,” said the source [Evening Express].
“So far, however, there hasn’t been any.
“Jack thinks Rangers are a great club. They tried to take him on loan when Walter Smith was in charge back in 2010 just as he was starting out at Arsenal but he ended up going to Bolton.”
Stopping short of the player’s agent issuing a come-and-get-me plea, it’s about as sound an inference you need from within the player’s camp that he’d at least consider Rangers.
Couple this with comments Wilshere made on talkSPORT about trying to do something different and the prospect of the midfielder teaming up with ex-England teammate Steven Gerrard doesn’t seem too outside the box.
“I am leaning towards that (‘something different’),” said Wilshere [talkSPORT].
“Maybe LaLiga, Italy, something a little bit different that not many English players have done.
“I want to go back on the pitch with a smile on my face and play 20-30 games a season where I am an important player for a team.”
There’s also been a claim from the 4th Official that Wilshere has a “no-compete clause” as part of the termination from his West Ham deal which means he cannot sign for another Premier League club.
Whilst there has been nothing official from Rangers’ end regarding interest in the player – save for the calls from some fans – it appears the ball is very much now in the Ibrox club’s court.
Because it’s hard to make it any clearer from Wilshere’s perspective that he’s at least willing to have the conversation with Rangers.