Former reported Rangers target, Craig Bryson, has joined St Johnstone on a short-term contract following his swift exit from Aberdeen [Official St Johnstone FC Twitter].
The Daily Record reported in June 2019 that the Gers were considering making a move for the midfielder, as he was coming to the end of an eight-year spell with Derby County.
However, while the former Scotland international did return home, it was Aberdeen who pounced, picking him up on a pre-contract deal.
Bryson’s time at Pittodrie was unsuccessful, though, with the player hampered by injuries and unable to make big contributions when fit enough to play.
The Dons announced the mutual termination of his contract last Thursday [afc.co.uk] but he’s already found his next challenge, joining St Johnstone on a deal until the end of the season.
“I’m thrilled to finally put pen to paper,” he told Perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk. “As soon as I heard of St Johnstone’s interest, it was a place I really wanted to come to.”
“I’ve been impressed with the way the club has conducted its business and I’ve also been impressed with the brand of football the team has been playing under Callum Davidson.
“I’m keen to get started and play my part in the season ahead.”
✍️📄 | The Club is delighted to announce this afternoon the signing of Craig Bryson on a deal until the end of the season!
— St. Johnstone FC (@StJohnstone) September 18, 2020
Former reported Rangers target Bryson signs for St Johnstone – Verdict
Rangers may have been monitoring Bryson in the past but, so far, their decision not to turn initial interest into a concrete offer has proven to be the right one.
The 33-year-old has bags of experience and after impressing during his long stint in the English Championship with Derby, he looked a good signing for Aberdeen, particularly on a free.
He struggled there, though, and with all due respect to St Johnstone, this move to Perth suggests he’s not quite the same player he was a few years back.
Rangers are still a midfielder short after allowing Ross McCrorie and Greg Docherty to move on to pastures new but given the stage of the season, whoever they bring in must be at the top of their game and ready to make an immediate impact.