'Smart move', 'Out of nowhere' - Rangers fans react as club in talks to sign international ace
By Harry Sykes
Rangers are working on a loan-to-buy deal for Cardiff left-back Declan John – and fans have taken to Twitter to hail him as potentially fine acquisition.
Football Insider exclusively revealed on Wednesday morning that the Scottish giants are trying to land John, 22, on an initial loan with a view to a permanent deal.
The Scottish giants are looking to take advantage of John’s contract situation and the fact that he has lost his place at the English Championship side.
The Wales international has been targeted by Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha to provide cover for skipper Lee Wallace at left-back.
The Ibrox faithful took to Twitter in their droves to respond to Football Insider‘s exclusive, with most impressed by the pedigree of a player who made 20 top-flight appearances during Cardiff’s Premier League days.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@declanjohn7 Are you coming to join the most successful club on the planet pal? WATP ????????????????????????
— Darren Wilson (@dazzaragi) August 30, 2017
It seems to me he plays wide as a wing back or on the wing. Never knowing when the rain sets in #DeclanJohn
— Mr D.Harry (@54Beats44) August 30, 2017
Bringing in @declanjohn7 is a smart move. We need competition at Full Back. ????⚪????
— David Peat (@DavidPeat1) August 30, 2017
Declan John. The antithesis to Billy King.
— CRAIG MURDOCH (@BARRA72) August 30, 2017
If Declan John is as good as he is on FIFA 17, then we’ve won a watch #RFC
— D A V I D N I M M O (@Nimsay1872) August 30, 2017
Our stadium will crumble around us if a Declan signs for The Rangers ????
— Andy (@theboysof609) August 30, 2017
Declan John is a good player and would improve the squad /thread
— …. (@AB_1872) August 30, 2017
This Declan John deal has come out of nowhere. So. Maybe other deals will also come out of nowhere too
— robert (@rangerslad1983) August 30, 2017
The 22-year-old, who is predominantly a left-back but can also play left midfield, has started only one game for Cardiff since Neil Warnock was appointed manager of the club last October.
The Wales international has found himself behind Joe Bennett in the pecking order at the Cardiff City Stadium and Warnock has been happy to let him move on.
John is in the final year of his contract at Cardiff, which has given Rangers hope of tying up a deal.
John has come through the ranks at Cardiff and made 52 appearances for the club since breaking into the first-team in 2012.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are working on a last-gasp summer signing of a proven Premier League player.