Rangers legend Gordon Smith thinks signing John Terry would have a “similar impact” to when Graeme Souness lured Terry Butcher to Ibrox in 1986 and help bring other “big names” to Glasgow.
Smith admits Terry’s wages would be beyond the Gers’ reach – unless he took it as a “footballing mission” – with other clubs circling the 37-year-old following his Aston Villa departure last week.
Gers manager Steven Gerrard is a former teammate of Terry’s and Smith claims that there are lots of recent examples of players – including Bruno Alves – making moves for reasons other than money,
“He is out of contract after his season at Aston Villa, so would be available,” Smith said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“But even at 37, he would be able to command a salary far out of Rangers’ reach, with Manchester United credited with an interest.
“So he would have to take it on as a footballing mission, something we have seen plenty of players do in the past – Bruno Alves being a recent example.
“There are historic similarities with Terry Butcher, albeit he was at the other end of his career.
“But I think John Terry would have a similar impact in helping the club to bring other big names north.”
Football Insider verdict:
Terry would be a good signing but the only way it would make sense would be if he was to be on massively reduced wages at Ibrox. At 37 he could prove to be another costly flop in the vein of Alves, Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar or Phil Senderos so making a big offer to Terry would be absolute madness. From a purely footballing perspective, there’s little long-term benefit to signing Terry either and the Gers would be lucky to get anything more than a single season from the veteran centre-back. If the former Chelsea star was to come to Scotland, the prospect of Rangers going into a game – even one – with a defence featuring Alves and Terry is enough to give any fan nightmares. Thankfully there is next to chance of it happening as Gerrard rebuilds his squad ahead of a title challenge next season and trying to stop Celtic’s domination of the Scottish Premiership.