Whelan View: No guarantee Gerrard stays at Ibrox after out-of-window Rangers deal
There is no guarantee Steven Gerrard will still be at Rangers next season despite the club’s long-term planning in the transfer window.
That is the view of former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Light Blues completed a blizzard of signings with an out-of-window deal.
Nnamdi Ofoborh joined on a pre-contract agreement a day after the window shut following the earlier captures of his former Cherries teammate Jack Simpson and winger Scott Wright.
🆕 #RangersFC are this morning delighted to announce the pre-contract signing of Nnamdi Ofoborh from AFC Bournemouth on a four-year deal which will begin in the summer.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 2, 2021
Simpson and Wright had also signed pre-contract deals with Rangers but they were able to make the deals permanent before Monday’s deadline.
Asked whether Rangers’ January business is a hint Gerrard will stay at the club for the long-term, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It seems that way, doesn’t it.
“You thought that maybe once he wins something at Rangers there might be people sniffing.
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“It’s not to say he will stay there next season. But what it would mean is he would leave them in really good shape with young quality players there for the future of Rangers.
“This is with the backing of the board as well, not just Steven Gerrard saying that he wants these players.
“He’ll be outlining the plan long-term for Rangers.
“That’s what they’re trying to do, a long-term plan, with good young players and get them into the club very, very early.
“If he is there next year he’ll be working with them and making them better.
“If he’s not, then Rangers are in good form and in a good place.”
This site revealed on deadline day Ofoborh had joined Wycombe Wanderers on loan from Bournemouth after finding opportunities limited on the south coast.
He had previously enjoyed a temporary spell at Wycome and made his second debut during midweek.