Relegation imminent for ex Rangers duo and £20m bluenose after yet another defeat
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Relegation imminent for ex Rangers duo and £20m bluenose after yet another defeat

Relegation is imminent for former Rangers stars John Fleck and Wes Foderingham, as well as high-profile bluenose Oli McBurnie, after Sheffield United fell to their 21st defeat of a dismal 2020/21 Premier League campaign on Sunday.

Fleck played for Rangers between 2007 and 2012 and joined the Blades in 2016 following a successful spell at Coventry, while Foderingham only moved to Bramall Lane in the summer after being released by the Gers following five years at Ibrox.

Ex-Rangers keeper Foderingham has made just a solitary appearance for Sheffield United since his summer move. (Photo by Jon Super – Pool/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, McBurnie, who vocally supports Rangers on social media, signed for United for £20m from Swansea City in 2019 [BBC Sport].

Fleck and McBurnie both played key roles in an impressive first campaign back in the top flight for the Blades last season, as they pulled off a number of big upsets and only just missed out on European football by finishing ninth.

However, despite considerable investment in the summer, they have been hit hard by second season syndrome.

Fleck and McBurnie have continued as regulars in the side but the Yorkshire club have found it difficult to compete. Their 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on Sunday night was their fourth in a row and 21st reverse of the season.

With just eleven points from 26 matches, United look set not only to be relegated but to go down as one of the worst teams in Premier League history.

Former Rangers star Fleck and bluenose McBurnie are set for relegation. (Photo by Rich Linley – CameraSport via Getty Images)

It remains to be seen what the future holds for the trio of players with Rangers connections.

Plenty of Bears got excited when Fleck admitted last year that he would love to return to Ibrox in the future, but given that he’s contracted until 2023, any potential return to Glasgow could still be some way off.

Both Foderingham and McBurnie are also under contract until 2023.

The former’s Sheffield United future likely depends on whether or not he’s content to play second fiddle to no.1 keeper Aaron Ramsdale, while the latter may feel he owes his current club at least another season after producing just a solitary Premier League goal in 19 appearances so far this campaign.

A former Rangers star received rave reviews over the weekend for an all-action performance in his first start for a new club following a surprise return to Scottish football.

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