By Harvey Byrne
Forward Joe Garner is set to leave Rangers after just one season with the Ibrox giants accepting a bid of around £500,000 from English Championship side Ipswich, according to a report.
Gers news site GotTheBattleFeverOn has reported that the 29-year-old striker will head to Suffolk for a medical on Monday after the Ibrox giants agreed a six-figure deal with Mick McCarthy’s team.
Garner was former manager Mark Warburton’s biggest signing just last summer, joining from Championship club Preston in a huge £1.5million deal.
However, he struggled with the expectancy of a club like the prestigious Rangers team and last season he returned just 10 goals and three assists in 34 matches in all competitions.
The Ibrox club are now undergoing mass changes under March appointment Pedro Caixinha and five players have already came in with more expected to follow.
This was likely to see Garner left some way down the pecking order in the squad and he will now look to revive his career back in England, where has previously had success.
The forward boasts his best record in the English third tier, but he will be keen to prove his doubters that he can still do it at a level as high as the Championship if he does move.
Football Insider verdict:
This deal suits all parties despite Rangers making a loss. The initial signing of Garner was a strange one from the beginning given that he had only scored six goals in 41 league appearances for Preston in his final season. It is clear that Garner is not up to the level of playing for a club in Scotland’s highest division and a return to similar surroundings could help him rediscover his past form. His time in Glasgow will always be remembered as a disaster now and it is best that Rangers try and claw back some of their initial spend before it becomes too late.
In other Rangers transfer news, the Gers have agreed terms with Alfredo Morales, who is jetting in for a medical.