It seems like ages ago Declan John pulled on the blue shirt of Rangers.

But it was actually little over six months ago.

The left back signed for the Ibrox club in December 2017 after a successful loan spell at Ibrox. He was up and down on that left hand side, much like his form at Rangers.

When Swansea came knocking and offered him a route back to Wales, Rangers let him go. We raked in a reported £800,000 for the defender.

Declan John was good in flashes at Rangers but wasn’t consistent enough. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But has a serious lack of strength in depth at left back proved it was a mistake from Gerrard and Mark Allen to let him go?

Declan John brought young, hungry, international pedigree

Declan John is still only 23. He has six caps for Wales and has Premier League experience. It looked a shrewd piece of business when he signed and his departure seemed to happen all of a sudden.

He could also offer goals and a directness on the left. That said, he hasn’t exactly been a revelation since moving back to Wales.

 

John has only made four appearances for Swansea this season. He also played in Wales’ 5-1 mauling by Spain in October.

John has only made four appearances for the Swans this season. (Photo by Ian Cook – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Since Borna Barisic has been out, Rangers have lacked balance in the side. The reason being that we don’t have a natural left back of high enough quality to deputise.

Jon Flanagan has took some amount of stick for filling in.

But you can’t help but feel that  backup role would’ve suited Declan John perfectly in a busy schedule.

Young, capable and with a point to prove, we might’ve been better hanging on to the former Cardiff wingback.