By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was left seething after the club failed to offload Eros Grezda before the transfer window shut at the start of the month, Football Insider has learned.
The Scottish giants tried to sell the winger permanently and, when there was no buyer willing to match the £2million fee they paid last year, worked on loaning him out for the season.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that talks were held with multiple European clubs including Ligue 1 duo Dijon and Brest but a deal could not be agreed, partly due to loan costs and partly because Grezda rejected some teams.
Rangers were adamant that any loan club pay the entirety of the Albania international’s wages and that proved problematic to an agreement.
There was also frustration among the management when one deal had been agreed but Grezda refused to join the team.
The player signed from Croatian side Osijek last year has subsequently been frozen out of the senior set-up and forced to play with the youth team.
He has courted controversy and Rangers have launched an investigation after Grezda was accused of spitting at an opponent during a Challenge Cup tie for Graeme Murty’s side.
Gerrard has made it clear he does not see a future in his side for the winger, even though he has been capped 12 times by Albania, has three years remaining on his contract and a solid reputation across Europe.
Grezda scored just two goals – both of which came in a 7-1 hammering of Motherwell – last season among 17 appearances as he struggled to deal with the pressure of playing for Rangers.