Derek Johnstone delivers verdict on Rangers confirmed deal for 29-year-old
By Derek Smithson
Derek Johnstone believes that forward Joe Garner failed to score enough goals for Rangers following his confirmed switch to Ipswich.
The 20-year-old completed a move to Championship side Ipswich on Friday as Pedro Caixinha’s summer overhaul at Ibrox picks up speed.
The Gers have already signed five new players and have now axed an important first teamer from last season.
Garner made 37 appearances across all competitions last season for the Scottish giants and scored 10 goals in return, with seven of them coming in the league.
However, Johnstone feels that as the frontline striker at Rangers he should have contributed more and that was ultimately his downfall.
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“Some of the fans did take to Joe and he became a bit of a cult hero earlier in the season but he has been disappointing and I don’t think too many will be upset to see him join Ipswich Town,” Johnstone told the Glasgow Evening Times. “He gave his all, he put himself about and he caused defenders problems at times. But when you are a striker at Rangers you have to score goals, and Joe didn’t do that often enough.”
Garner has now returned to the English championship and will hope to play a part in Ipswich’s bid for promotion to the Premier League.
The striker was outscored last season by veteran 37-year-old attacker Kenny Miller, who managed 14 goals across all competitions.
Rangers slipped to third in the league table and the belief is that they failed to score enough goals and lacked an attacking edge.
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