COMMENT By Richard Parks
It would be a devastating blow for Rangers if Declan John decided his future should lie elsewhere in the event of Graeme Murty being axed at the end of the season.
The interim manager’s future is up in the air amid speculation the Light Blues are searching for a new boss once again.
Former Celtic playmaker and Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons has predicted in the Scottish Daily Mail that John and his teammates Josh Windass and Daniel Candeias will be considering their futures if the Ibrox board decide not to make the former defender the permanent manager.
“Players performing well at the moment – Declan John, Daniel Candeias and Josh Windass – are probably hoping Murty stays,” explained Commons. “But if he’s not committed they’ll be wondering where their future lies.”
John has made a huge impression under Murty’s command, taking advantage of Lee Wallace’s lengthy absence to establish himself as the first-choice left-back.
Initially signed on a season-long loan from Championship high flyers, the 22-year-old signed a permanent contract in December that runs until the summer of 2021.
His displays on the left flank, where he has mixed solid defence with eyecatching overlapping, have meant that club captain Wallace has not been missed. He is also strongly to win back his place from the Wales international.
Yet, John will get fidgety if his mentor Murty leaves. And, who could blame him?
The new manager – and it is anyone’s guess as to who that may be – may prefer Wallace and it would mean the Welshman would be back down the pecking order.
Rangers will feel confident about John’s position after his recently-signed contract.
But, all that does is enhance his market value and potential cost. If he was to push for a summer exit, it would be a grievous blow to the team.