After two games were Rangers have failed to hit the back of the net, fans haven’t been looking solely at the striker position as an issue. They also see a Rangers midfield dilemma developing.
Fans want a solid number 10 who’s capable of unpicking defences and scoring goals.
At Ibrox, Rangers have been rampant. But on the road we’ve lacked any real urgency or creativity in our play. Gerrard made it clear earlier today that there are names on a shortlist, but didn’t give anything away as to who they were. Or what position they were in.
With January fast approaching, we look at three men Rangers could realistically look to in order to fill that creative void and solve any Rangers midfield dilemma.
A former club captain and a player of real ability, to me, this is a no-brainer. He’s hardly kicked a ball for Southampton this season and at 33, he needs to be playing to stay fit. Davis has proved his ability as a playmaker time and again both at club and international level.
But does his age suggest he’d simply be a short-term solution to a long-term problem?
Could be the answer to get us through to the end of the season, but he’ll be 34 by then.
The 25-year-old Peterborough playmaker has been consistently one of the most effective players outside of England’s big two divisions. He regularly tops assist charts and is known to chip in with a goal or two as well.
Maddison scored 12 goals and had 22 assists in all competitions last season. He won the goal of the season award in League One and was nominated for player of the year.
Maddison was also promised a move if The Posh didn’t earn promotion to the Championship. They didn’t. Could Ibrox be his destination? It might be made easier by the fact that former Celtic target Maddison is also a bluenose.
For a player who never really reached his potential at the club, this would now represent a real coup. John Fleck was the prodigy we’d waited for from Auchenhowie, who never quite made the grade. Now at Sheffield United he’s been very impressive in the Championship.
The versatile midfielder may have a point to prove but his value is increasing by the week. He’ll also get a meaty promotion bonus if the top of the table Blades earn promotion. We could be priced out of this move but it would should real intent.
Is a return for John Fleck the answer to Rangers midfield dilemma?