Rangers have been linked with bringing full-back Jon Flanagan to Ibrox this summer – and despite his chequered past the 25-year-old deserves a second chance.
According to STV, Steven Gerrard is in talks with his former Anfield teammate over a move to Ibrox and the move has split fans down the middle after the player hit the headlines earlier this year.
The defender was handed a 12-month community order at Liverpool Magistrates Court in January after admitting assaulting his girlfriend.
First and foremost, what Flanagan done was absolutely reprehensible and after being punished by the courts and his club, the Liverpool Academy graduate deserves the chance to get his career back on track.
Had he been at Ibrox at the time – or if any player in the future finds themselves in a similar situation – then the club should punish them to the harshest possible degree.
That doesn’t mean though that Flanagan should be thrown on the scrapheap though.
He isn’t the first and won’t be the last to find himself in trouble with the law over something serious and he certainly shouldn’t be given a pass just because he is ‘famous’ – but he should be allowed to move on with his life and contribute positively.
There’s no doubting there’s a good player in there, even if he hasn’t had regular games in a while, and a move to Ibrox could be the ideal opportunity for him to get a fresh slate and prove himself all over again.
While there will never be any excuse for Flanagan’s assault on his girlfriend, he deserves a chance to get his career back on track – but it should be made abundantly clear that one step out of line and he is gone.
In other Rangers transfer news, Steven Gerrard has revealed the Gers ‘love’ this Ibrox star.