Formerly Rangers linked midfielder now a free agent after release by top-flight club
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Formerly Rangers linked Craig Bryson a free agent following Aberdeen release

Formerly Rangers linked midfielder Craig Bryson is a free agent after his Aberdeen contract was cancelled on Wednesday [].

The Gers were linked with a move for the Scotland international in January 2019 while he was still at Derby County.

Rangers were linked with Craig Bryson in 2019 but he instead joined Aberdeen. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Daily Record reported that Gary McAllister had convinced Steven Gerrard to swoop as Bryson entered the final months of his contract.


A switch to Ibrox never materialised, though, and instead, he joined Aberdeen in June 2019.

Things didn’t really work out for him in the Granite City, though.

Bryson started the opening game of the current Premiership campaign against the Gers at Pittodrie but he didn’t manage to make an impact and his only other 2020/21 outing came as a substitute in a win at St Johnstone.

It seems that neither the player nor the club were happy with his situation and on Wednesday evening, it was officially announced that his contract had been cancelled.

“It is with a heavy heart that we’ve reached this point with Craig,” Derek McInnes told “Throughout his time with us he has been faced with challenges but despite that he has put everything into trying to overcome those. Unfortunately, this has impacted the influence that both him and I wanted him to have on the team.”

“This is through no lack of effort on Craig’s part, but we feel this is the best conclusion and we wish him well in his next move.”

Formerly Rangers linked midfielder Craig Bryson a free agent following Aberdeen exit – Verdict

Rangers have been looking to strengthen in the middle of the park for most of the transfer window.

The club have sold players like Ross McCrorie and Greg Docherty but haven’t yet added reinforcements to what has been an area of concern over the early part of the campaign.

The Gers were linked with Bryson before, during his long and impressive stint in the English Championship with Derby.

Yet, it’s highly unlikely he’ll be discussed as a potential recruit now after making just 14 appearances for the Dons.

Gerrard needs dynamism in midfield and at 33, Bryson isn’t going to be able to provide that.

The ex-Killie man has struggled with injuries over the past year and there’s little to no chance of the Ibrox links resurfacing.

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