Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson believes Gers defender Jon Flanagan should be given a second chance after being convicted for assaulting his girlfriend earlier this year.
Flanagan became Rangers’ seventh signing of the summer when he signed a two-year deal and Ferguson thinks the 25-year-old should be “allowed to move on” from the shameful incident.
The Gers legend is a “big believer” in second chances and thinks the Gers signing deserves to “earn redemption.”
“I stand with the vast majority of football people when it comes to debating Jon Flanagan’s signing,” Ferguson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The former Liverpool full-back did wrong and was handed a 12-month community order earlier this year for assaulting his girlfriend in December.
“He made a bad mistake, pleaded guilty and is serving his sentence but he needs to be allowed to move on with his life and career.
“I’m a big believer in second chances, not just in football but in life in general, as people must be given the right to earn redemption for their wrongdoings.”
Football Insider verdict:
Flanagan should be allowed a second chance to move on with his career and his life – but it should be his final chance. Any other trouble will almost certainly be the end of Flanagan’s top-flight career. While the player should be a good addition to Gerrard’s squad, there will be some big question marks over him until he wins the trust of supporters. The player deserves a second chance – as everyone does – but it is understandable there is some apprehension from Gers fans given his past. Getting him fit and ready to play consistently will be the Light Blues first task ahead of the new season as Gerrard looks to make up ground on Celtic. Flanagan seems to have made an attempt to reform his character and hopefully that benefits the Ibrox giants in the future.
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