Jon Flanagan has admitted that Steven Gerrard was a “massive influence” in his decision to join Rangers after agreeing a two-year deal with the Ibrox giants.
The 25-year-old claims it was a “no-brainer” for him to move to Ibrox after Liverpool ended his deal a season early and he is looking forward to getting started with his new side.
Flanagan becomes Gerrard’s seventh signing of the summer and the 25-year-old revealed that the chance to link up with his former Anfield teammate was a “big part” of why he joined the Light Blues.
“Delighted to be here,” Flanagan told RangersTV.
“Obviously when I got the call off my agent then spoke to Stevie it was a no-brainer for me. The size of the club, what the fans are about, I’m just delighted to be here and hope I can show that fans what I’m about.
“I played with him at Liverpool for many years and he was a big part of me coming here. Obviously, I know all about the club but Stevie was a massive influence on me coming here as well.”
Football Insider verdict:
From a purely footballing perspective, if Rangers can get Flanagan fit then he should be a good addition to Steven Gerrard’s squad. His off-field issues, however, raise a major problem for some Gers and are uncomfortable with the player’s signing. Gerrard doesn’t seem the sort to take a gamble on a player just because he’s a friend of former teammate and the Gers boss must have confidence that he has turned things around. One thing that can’t be allowed to happen is James Tavernier being sold now there is a new right-back at the club as it leaves Gerrard’s side short on cover with a first-choice right-back who hasn’t played much football in the last few years. If Gerrard can get Flanagan performing as he did earlier in his career then he will be a fantastic option to have around the squad however, the Gers must be sensitive toward the feeling held by many fans over the decision to sign him.
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