Former Rangers defender Kyle Bartley is “interested” in a return to Ibrox, according to a report, after Steven Gerrard made the Swansea defender a summer target for his Gers rebuild.
Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football reporter Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account that the Gers are “keen” on the defender, while the Scottish Sun have followed that up by claiming he is open to a return to Ibrox.
The Sun’s report also claims that the Gers believe they can get the 6’4″ defender for half of the £5million fee recently-relegated Swansea want for the former Arsenal youth.
Bartley spent a season-and-a-half on loan with the Gers, making 30 appearances before returning to Arsenal after suffering a knee injury in a Europa League tie with PSV Eindhoven.
Football Insier verdict:
Bartley would be a fantastic signing by the Gers annd would come to Ibrox a much better one that spent time with the club on loan six years ago. The defender has impressed when given an opportunity to play since leaving Arsenal and the Ibrox giants face competition from another side Bartley spent time on loan at, Leeds, to secure his signature. If Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen can convince Bartley that his future lies at Ibrox he could prove to be a fantastic signing by the Ibrox giants. At 26, Bartley is just hitting his peak and if, as the Sun claims, the Gers think they can get him for around £2.5million then it would be a fantastic bit of business from a financial perspective and give the Gers another player who has experience of what is required to win trophies at Ibrox and mount a title challenge next season to stop Celtic’s dominance of the Scottish Premiership.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.