Rangers manager Steven Gerrard should bring former Liverpool teammate Jon Flanagan to Ibrox this summer – if the Light Blues sell first-team star James Tavernier.
Reports have claimed the Gers are “open to offers” for Tavernier this summer as Gerrard sweeps to power and, with no obvious replacement at Ibrox already, the Light Blues boss should turn to Liverpool defender Flanagan.
The one-time England international has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield after making the breakthrough as an 18-year-old, spending part of last season on loan with Bolton Wanderers, a move to Ibrox and the possibility of regular first-team games under Gerrard could be exactly what the defender needs to revive his career.
At 25, Flanagan hasn’t played as many games as he should have by this stage in his career but his early form showed what the defender is capable of.
Four years ago, the defender made the standby list for England’s World Cup squad after impressing as a regular for Liverpool but has since struggled to make an impact at Anfield.
Spells with Burnley and Bolton on loan have given him some game-time but nowhere near enough but having worked so closely with Gerrard at Anfield, the Gers boss will know exactly what Flanagan can bring to his side.
A loan move for the defender would make the most sense for both sides and a permanent move could be a real possibility if he was to impress at Ibrox should Gerrard bring him north.
Gerrard’s links to Anfield and the fact Flanagan has barely been given a chance under Jurgen Klopp means the Reds shouldn’t be difficult to deal with and it could allow the Gers to use funds elsewhere to improve the squad this summer.
Even if the Gers don’t sell Tavernier this summer, bringing in a second right-back to challenge the former Wigan star wouldn’t be the worst thing Gerrard could do as he looks to dethrone Celtic in his first season in charge.
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