'Exactly what this squad needs' - Gerrard explains why he swooped for 25-year-old outcast
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has expended on his reasons for signing Jon Flanagan, who was recently released by Liverpool.
The 25-year-old right-back was an outcast at Anfield after an off the pitch incident and spent last season on loan at Bolton, but Gerrard has faith that the defender can bounce back from his troubles and become a key man for the Gers.
“I have no doubt that when these fans see the type of player he is they will like what they see” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“There’s a lot of things Rangers fans want to see in a defender. They want to know if you’re a winner, will run through a wall for them and give every bit of blood, sweat and tears for them.
“I can guarantee Jon will do that because he’s exactly what this squad needs if you look at the player’s strengths.”
Flanagan looks set to battle it out with James Tavernier to be the number one right-back at Ibrox from next season.
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That is some incredibly high praise from Steven Gerrard towards, Jon Flanagan, but then he wouldn’t say it if he didn’t believe it. Perhaps though it is also a case of getting the player’s confidence up before he begins to play for the Gers on a regular basis, as he is going to be targeted by opposition fans whenever he plays. Gerrard will be judging the player on his footballing merits though, and the fact that he claims that Taviernier is ‘exactly’ what the Gers need is a good sign for the 25-year-old, who hasn’t played much football in the last two seasons. Flanagan will need to use pre-season to get up to speed with the game after rarely featuring for Bolton last season, and he will need to be ready for the Gers upcoming Europa League qualifiers, as he may well be a starter in those games, as going by Gerrard’s comments he seems him as vital to the team already.
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