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20th Jun, 2018 | 11:10am

Rangers in talks with 25-year-old former PL flyer - reliable journalist

Rangers have begun talks with former Liverpool right-back Jon Flanagan about bringing the player to Ibrox, according to a respected journalist.

STV sports reporter Raman Bhardwaj revealed that discussion between the 25-year-old and the Gers were underway on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

Flanagan is currently available on a free transfer, after he was released by the Anfield side at the end of last season.

He spent last season on-loan at Bolton, making 10 appearances in all competitions.

Football Insider verdict

Is Jon Flanagan an upgrade on current Gers right-back James Tavernier? It’s too early to tell, but Steven Gerrard, who played with Flanagan at Liverpool, is obviously a big fan of the player. Flanagan’s career has stalled over the last few years, after making his breakthrough in the 2013-14 season with 23 league appearances. The fact that he failed to play that often for Bolton last season could be a bit of a worry, but Gerrard and Gers director of football Mark Allen must believe that he is worth taking a gamble on. The 25-year-old has also had some serious injury issues, missing almost two seasons with knee problems, but Gerrard will be well aware of this. If the move goes through, it will be a free transfer, so perhaps it isn’t that much of a gamble financially, but time will tell if Flanagan is good enough to replace Tavernier, who has been one of the Gers better players of the last few seasons.

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