What's happened to ex-Ger once described as 'brightest young prospect in Scotland'?
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What's happened to ex-Rangers player Lewis MacLeod?

Back in 2014, former Rangers captain, Barry Ferguson, claimed that Lewis MacLeod was the “brightest young prospect in Scotland for a long time.” 
The midfielder came through the youth setup at Rangers and immediately left an impression.
He made 52 league appearances for the Gers over three years in the first team, scoring 11 times.

MacLeod scores in a Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final in 2014. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, in January 2015, he decided his future lay elsewhere.
Still only 20, he moved to Brentford for a significant £1.15 million.

Unfortunately, though, things didn’t start off on the right foot.
A hamstring injury proved a stumbling block over his first few months with the Bees.

He wouldn’t make his competitive debut until the playoffs, in May.

Injury has regularly halted his progress. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Over the last few campaigns, further injuries, including a serious knee problem, have plagued MacLeod.
Yet, finally, this season, he began to establish himself as a first team regular.

In 16 Championship appearances, he has registered three goals and an assist.
The most recent of those strikes, was a last minute equaliser away at West Brom at the start of December.
However, it appears further fitness issues have reared their head. He hasn’t featured again since.

His latest contribution was a telling one. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

MacLeod’s future remains relatively uncertain, after he reportedly refused a contract extension at Griffin Park back in October. 
His misfortune South of the border has seen his market value drop to £675k. Yet, that won’t matter much to potential suitors, as according to Transfermarkt, his current deal is set to expire in June.

Let’s hope the now 24-year-old, can get back to playing soon, and pick up where he left off.
It would be a real shame to see such a massive talent, go unfulfilled.


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