Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo may have already played his final game for Rangers.
The winger joined in the summer expecting a full season at Ibrox, but the campaign could be set for a premature end due to the current global health crisis.
The Liverpool Echo recently reported that the Gers wouldn’t be pursuing a permanent deal, and that news didn’t come as much of a surprise.
Ojo has slid down the pecking order over the course of the season, with his performances prompting plenty of criticism from the club’s fan base.
After a very impressive start to his Gers spell, his performance levels dropped. The 22-year-old has only scored once since the beginning of September and has only started one game since the turn of the year.
Having signed a five-year deal with Liverpool in August 2018 [Standard], he knows there’s something to return to in Merseyside.
However, realistically, if he can’t get into a Rangers team who have struggled domestically in 2020, he’s hardly going to go straight into a side who have dominated the English Premier League this season.
What’s more, this was his fifth loan spell away from Anfield and it has followed a similar trend to his previous stints with Wigan, Wolves, Fulham and Stade de Reims.
There’s been the odd moment of brilliance, such as his screamer against Feyenoord in the Europa League, but overall, it’s been underwhelming.
The fifth loan spell can often be seen as a final opportunity for a young player. Ryan Kent’s 2018/19 stay in Glasgow was his fifth sojourn from Liverpool, and clearly, they were prepared to sell him thereafter.
There are exceptions to the rule, of course. Alex Jakubiak, the Watford attacker currently on loan at St Mirren, is enjoying his ninth loan stint away from the Hornets.
It does seem clear at this stage that Ojo isn’t going to make it with the Reds, though, and at 22, perhaps it’s time for him to step outside of his comfort zone and arrange a permanent exit.
There’s clearly talent in there, but so far in his career, he’s been unable to show it consistently enough.