Scott McDermott has argued that Greg Stewart would be a success at Ibrox, on the Record Rangers Podcast.

The Daily Express reported at the weekend that Rangers were closing in on a deal for the Birmingham City attacker, currently on loan at Aberdeen.

Stewart moved to Birmingham in 2016, but didn’t quite make the grade in the Championship. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).

However, after his display against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday, plenty of Bears think it would be better if the club avoided him.

The 29-year-old forward was outstanding during the early part of the season.

He scored eight goals and registered six assists at Kilmarnock. Yet, since returning to Aberdeen in January, his performance levels have dipped considerably.

The 29-year-old’s early season form helped Killie briefly reach the SPL summit. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That’s not putting off McDermott, the chief football writer for the Sunday Mail, though.

“Over the course of the season, he (Steven Gerrard) is going to need guys who know the Scottish scene”, he told the Record Rangers Podcast. “That when you’re struggling a wee bit can pop up with a goal at Dens Park or Rugby Park.

“To me, your Greg Stewart’s and Jones Jones’ fit into that category. I’ve heard people saying ‘no, Greg Stewart’s not going to go and win you a title.’

 

“Well he’s not, but Jonny Hayes isn’t going to win Celtic a title. He can still come in when called upon and produce and get a result.”

Hayes was also a key man at Aberdeen but is now a squad player at Parkhead. (Photo by Jose Miguel Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

There’s definitely something to be said for McDermott’s argument. Going after the best of the rest in the SPL is a low-risk strategy.

Rangers may have identified Stewart because earlier in the season at Killie, he showed he can deliver when in form.

However, I think the key here is the idea that Stewart can ‘come in’ to the side and do a good job.

He would be a good addition for Rangers, but only in conjunction with further quality signings.

If Stewart does come, his function should be as a squad player, rather than as a key man.

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