Rangers FC boss, Steven Gerrard is seriously considering a move for his former Liverpool teammate, Jon Flanagan. The 25-year-old was released by the Reds last month after a season out on loan to Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.
The player was disgraced in open court after getting caught on CCTV footage assaulting his girlfriend near a bar, while drunk. He admitted to the crime and was punished with 40 hours of unpaid work and 15 hours of rehabilitation.
Liverpool did not terminate the player’s contract immediately but chose to work with the right authorities towards a workable solution. Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Reds management treated it as an isolated incident and not a wholesome judgement of the player’s character.
However, even with the German boss cutting him some slack, Flanagan had little to no chance of ever featuring for the club’s senior squad. His last appearance for the Anfield-based outfit was in September 2017 against Leicester City in the Carabo Cup and against Derby County for the club’s U23 side in January.
Gerrard knows off the fullback who was introduced into the Liverpool first team under Kenny Dalglish as an 18-year-old. The Gers boss will be able to bring in a tested Premier League player to fill the potential void left by James Tavernier this summer.
Rangers are in danger of losing their club captain with transfer links constantly being made with the 26-year-old. Gerrard is also willing to sell the player for a fee over the £3.5m-mark with interests constantly chiming in from English outfits.
A confusing bit of news for the Gers fans to digest since Tavernier recently signed a long-term deal with the club. However, it is also foolish to discount the prospects of Premier League football.
The Gers are set towards a new era in the Scottish Premiership as the ex-Liverpool player looks to bring a complete change in operations next term. Celtic have run over the club in the recent past by not only securing the treble but humiliating Rangers in the process.
While Tavernier is one of the best players in the club, Gerrard might be willing to offload a key piece to make improvements to the other positions especially when he has a ready replacement at hand.
Flanagan has 51 total games under his belt for Liverpool and still has the talent to make it into a European top-flight side.
Maybe this is the perfect setup for Gerrard to take advantage of and all parties could benefit from the Tavernier switch.