Ibrox Sources: Rangers to pull plug on signing loanee permanently
Rangers have no plans to sign Sheyi Ojo permanently from Liverpool this summer, Football Insider understands.
The 22-year-old, who is on a season-long loan from the runaway Premier League leaders, has slipped down the pecking order in Steven Gerrard’s side and barely been used since the winter break.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club are preparing to turn down the chance to discuss converting Ojo’s loan into a permanent transfer.
A full-time deal was considered a real possibility in the early months of this campaign but Gerrard and his staff have not seen the attacker develop as they had hoped.
The Rangers recruitment team are scouting wingers ahead of the summer window as they look to bring in ball carriers capable of providing cutting edge in the final third.
It was hoped that Ojo would be a regular matchwinner when he became the third player Gerrard had prised from former club Liverpool after Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria.
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The left-footed wide man started encouragingly and demonstrated glimpses of real quality amid some inconsistent performances.
His 36 appearances in all competitions for Rangers have yielded five goals and seven assists.
But he has started just one league or European match since November and has struggled to even make the bench since the January signings of Ianis Hagi and Florian Kamberi.
Both deals showed the priority of Gerrard and recruitment chief Ross Wilson was bringing in players capable of creating and scoring goals.
Ojo is now likely to return to his parent club in the summer with no chance of returning to Ibrox full-time like fellow Liverpool academy product Kent.
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