By Danny Wright
Terry Butcher has slammed Rangers striker Joe Garner after being linked with a move to Ipswich.
The Daily Record have reported that the Championship club are in a battle with Preston to sign the 29-year-old after he endured a miserable debut season at Ibrox and failed to impress Pedro Caixinha.
Butcher, 58, moved to Rangers from Ipswich in 1986 and helped the Light Blues win three Scottish league titles by playing alongside some of the finest strikers the club has ever seen.
However the ex-England captain doesn’t think that Garner can provide enough of a threat in the air to prove successful at Portman Road and shouldn’t cause their fans to get their hopes up.
“He wouldn’t be one I’d be excited about getting to be honest,” said Butcher to the Ipswich Star.
“He’s just not the sort of player that Ipswich need. They need a Daryl Murphy replacement, a physical presence who can head it, control it and link the play up. David McGoldrick needs someone to feed off again. Getting that big, strong striker is the most important piece of the jigsaw for me.”
Garner moved to Rangers in a deal worth £1.8million last summer and the Daily Record is claiming that the Glaswegians could be set to make a loss on the player as Preston plan a £500,000 bid for him.
The striker scored ten goals and supplied three assists in 34 matches across all competitions for Rangers this term and has been widely criticised for his lack of impact in front of goal.
After a lacklustre display in the loss to Aberdeen in May, he was completely left out of the squad for the final league match of the season when the Light Blues beat St. Johnstone 2-1 in his absence.
In other Rangers news, the agent of this 29-year-old has said he should complete a move to Ibrox on Saturday.