By Richard Parks
Charlie Adam would be a brilliant summer signing for Rangers.
And it might just be a feasible one, too, if his position in the Stoke City pecking order and reports are anything to go by.
Football Whispers claim that the Scotland international, 32, is the second most likely player to move to the Glasgow giants in the main summer window.
The site, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 2.5 out of five that Adam will join Rangers, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.
He is rated behind only West Brom defender Gareth McAuley (2.9), and ahead of the likes of Preston North End striker Louis Moult (rated 2.4) and Hearts defender John Souttar (rated 2.0).
It would be a second spell at Ibrox for Adam, who came through the ranks at the club after joining from Dundee in his teens and made 76 appearances for the Light Blues before heading south of the border to Blackpool in 2009.
So, how likelihood is a stunning return to the club where the proven Premier League performer made his name?
It’s certainly possible, as Adam is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract at relegation-threatened Stoke in the summer and has lost his regular starting place this season.
Playing in the Championship would certainly not rank above a romantic return to Govan for a player who is still good enough and young enough to transform the Rangers team.
Adam’s passing range, eye for goal (34 from 207 Premier League matches is an impressive return) and brilliant set pieces make him a formidable player and he could certainly be an upgrade on any of the central midfielders in the current squad.
Would he be willing to take a hefty wage cut to return to Ibrox? It is certainly possible, especially if there are relegation clauses in the contracts of the Stoke players, as is often the case.
Don’t get your hopes up too much, Rangers fans, but certainly don’t rule this one out, either.