Ovie Ejaria joined Rangers in July, on loan from Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard clearly rated the youngster, as he was given the opportunity to impress, time and time again.
In fact, he started reasonably well, particularly during Rangers’ Europa League qualifying campaign. In August, he scored in consecutive matches away at Motherwell and FC Ufa.
Having been given the number 10 shirt, his contributions in the final third for the Gers were very poor.
One assist and two goals across 28 appearances – all but five of which from the start – is simply not good enough.
There’s a player in there, but ultimately, he was out of his depth at Ibrox.
Will a second loan spell bring more of the same?Yesterday, Ejaria secured a second loan spell of the season. Staying in England this time, he has joined Reading until the end of May.
A Premier League outfit as recently as 2013, the Royals have suffered a decline in fortunes. They currently sit second bottom of the Championship, six points from safety.
It’s hardly an ideal situation in which to join the club.
The Championship is a physical league and although Ejaria is rangy, he’s yet to fill out his frame.
He must start bringing an end product to his game, otherwise it could another disappointing spell.
One thing’s for sure, Rangers’ new no.10, Steven Davis, is a considerable upgrade.