Former Rangers player Jon Flanagan is close to sealing a move to French second-tier club Amiens, according to Le11Amienois.

The 27-year-old was one of six senior players released by the club earlier this summer, alongside Andy Halliday, Jak Alnwick, Jordan Rossiter, Wes Foderingham and Jason Holt.

Holt and Alnwick stayed in Scottish football with Livingston and St Mirren respectively, while Foderingham and Rossiter headed back to England, signing for Sheffield United and Fleetwood Town.

Halliday and Flanagan are the only two still without a club but according to Le11Amienois, the latter could soon be an Amiens player, with the Glasgow Times venturing to suggest that a deal could be completed this week.

 

The French club are looking to rebuild after last season’s relegation from Ligue 1 and manager, Luka Elsner, is said to be an admirer of the defender.

Ex Rangers defender Jon Flanagan is said to be close to signing for Amiens. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Former Rangers player Jon Flanagan set to join Amiens – Verdict

Initial reports suggesting Amiens interest surfaced earlier this month [France Football] but this is still a surprise switch for a player who has spent his entire career in the UK.

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Flanagan started out at Liverpool and looked to have a bright future. Yet, injuries plagued him and after loan spells at Burnley and Bolton Wanderers, he was snapped up by former teammate, Steven Gerrard, on a free transfer in 2018.

His versatility proved useful during his time at Ibrox where he often covered at left-back, racking up 39 first-team appearances across two seasons.

However, his style of play sat in stark contrast to that of other full-backs James Tavernier and Borna Barisic and outside of a few promising periods, he looked half a yard off the pace.

At 27, he’ll be hoping there’s still time to rediscover his best form, though, and perhaps a fresh start in a different country will help him find it.

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