Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has sent Jason Holt out on loan to Fleetwood Town for the upcoming season. With Joey Barton taking over the reigns of the League One outfit, Holt was recruited by the Englishman on a temporary basis.
In a candid interview, Holt said, “A day or two before I reported back for pre-season at Rangers, I spoke to the new gaffer. We had a face-to-face chat and I was aware he was going to strengthen the squad. I had to find out if I was going to be a part of it. He told me that I probably wouldn’t play as regularly as I wanted. So I think it was the right decision to join a club where I’m going to have a big role. Gerrard didn’t shove me out of the door. But it was a decision I felt I just had to make.”
Holt has managed 115 appearances for the Gers along with 20 goals and 15 assists over the past three seasons. His contract with the Glasgow based outfit is set to run until the summer of 2020. It was almost inevitable that the 25-year-old would look to depart the Ibrox following the latest arrivals through the 2018 summer window. He was quoted, “But my Rangers career isn’t over yet. I’ve still time on my contract – and no one knows what the future might hold for me. Even through the hard times, I loved playing for the club.”
This definitely is a remarkable testament to the player’s character. Holt has been a loyal servant of the side, since joining from Heart of Midlothian in the summer of 2015. The Rangers faithful can fairly agree with the player’s own statements regarding his efforts on the pitch and all over loyalty towards the club.
He might be recalled for a more prominent role in the following season if he can impress Steven Gerrard in the 2018/19 campaign. For now, a spot in the midfield is hard to carve out with the likes of Lassana Coulibaly and Ovie Ejaria making their way over to the Ibrox. Gerrard also has the likes of Josh Windass, Graham Dorrans, Andy Halliday, Ryan Jack, Jordan Rossiter and Greg Docherty to choose from.
Holt can appear from both deep and offensive positions in central midfield. He has earned 17 caps for Scotland at various youth levels and was involved in 33 games under Graeme Murty in the last campaign. He should take a run at the English third division to really make a case for his Rangers future.
Not only will he be given the room to improve, he can also be called upon when Gerrard’s loan signings returns to their respective parent clubs. For now, he has to hold strongly onto his resolve to feature for the Gers and make all the right decisions on the pitch next season to give his career ample leverage.