Reported imminent Rangers exit is right move for 25-year-old, but Ibrox stay would be welcome
Rangers ace Jason Holt looks set to leave Ibrox and be reunited with former Gers team-mates Joey Barton and Clint Hill at Fleetwood Town, according to a report, and it would be the best move for the midfielder as Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox revolution kicks off.
According to the Scottish Sun, Holt will hold talks with Barton on Monday over a move to Fleetwood after being left out of the group who flew to Spain on Sunday for a ten-day training camp.
Holt struggled to get regular game at Ibrox and after previously being linked with a move to Plymouth Argyle, Fleetwood would be a much better fit for Holt as Barton looks to make a name for himself in management.
The former Hearts midfielder is no stranger to English football and would likely welcome a return south of the border after falling out of favour at Ibrox.
The Cod Army will be looking to build on last season’s 14th-place finish in League One and Holt has all the attributes to help Barton’s side achieve their goals and impress at Highbury.
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With two years left on his deal at Ibrox, a loan move to Fleetwood is most likely although a permanent switch might just suit both parties after Gerrard added quality midfielders like Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria to his side this summer.
Jordan Rossiter’s return to fitness – as well as Ryan Jack’s return – also means it is going to be difficult for Holt to get games at Ibrox this season as Gerrard’s side look to win their first major trophy since 2011.
Despite that, if Holt can’t agree terms with Fleetwood and remains at Ibrox then the midfielder is someone who can do a job for Gerrard’s side if needed.
The former Hearts ace’s boundless energy in midfield is often under-appreciated by fans and he is a nightmare for opposition midfielders and defenders when allowed to operate a little further forward.
Holt was at one point called the most promising young player in Scottish football by then Scottish FA performance boss Mark Wotte, and although he hasn’t lived up to expectation, he’s still a talented midfielder.
If a move to Fleetwood does fall through then, with better players around him, Holt could just prove a few of his doubters wrong.
Update: Holt’s move was confirmed by the official Fleetwood Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
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