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This Rangers Flop Should Be Boosted With More Minutes By Gerrard Before Being Offloaded

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Pratyay Maitra
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Despite failing to stop Celtic from clinching a historic treble ‘treble’, Rangers have been a galvanised force under Steven Gerrard having defeated the Hoops twice in the Premiership. They are desperate to dethrone their famous rivals and have already roped in an array of new names for the next term.

However, a few exits are also on the cards for those who have failed to make an impact through fitness and form. There is uncertainty over the future of some, including Eros Grezda. The Albanian completed a £2m transfer from Osijek back in August but could not justify the transfer fee paid by the Light Blues to acquire his services.

He got injured a couple of times and only made 13 league appearances during the campaign. Almost half of his outings were as a substitute and the player, struggling to settle in Scotland, found the net just twice for the Gers that too in a single game where the Glasgow giants registered a thumping 7-1 win against Motherwell at Ibrox.

Ives Cakaru, his agent, has recently revealed (as claimed by the Scottish Sun) the likeliness of a potential discussion with Gerrard once Grezda returns from his international duty.

“He will be happy if he has to stay with Rangers but if not, this is life you know. He still has a contract with Rangers and really at the moment, I cannot give any concrete answers. We will make the decision with the coach.”

The 24-year-old winger had a promising spell with Lokomotiva Zagreb which eventually earned him a transfer to Osijek a couple of years later. There he enjoyed instant success that resulted in a high-profile deadline day switch last summer.

His career, meanwhile, underwent a setback at Rangers as he found his place behind Ryan Kent and Glenn Middleton down the wing. Although the Bears are likely to miss out on Kent this term, the potential arrival of Sheyi Ojo and the fitness boost of Jamie Murphy would send Grezda further down the pecking order.

The player prefers to operate from the right flank and is known for his pace, ability to cut inside and create chances inside the box with his pinpoint passing and crossing attributes. None of these has been reflected in his game yet, but the gaffer should hand him more minutes in the upcoming campaign before deducing his future. Grezda, too, should grab those opportunities instantly and return more goals as well as assists to turn things around in his favour.

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