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Bent Tips This Scottish Ace To Fit In At Rangers: Should Gerrard Try And Get This Done?

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In an interview to Football Insider, former Premier League striker Darren Bent has suggested that it wouldn’t take too much convincing for Steven Gerrard to bring Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson to the Ibrox next season. The Englishman spoke about how Ferguson’s family have always been involved with the relatively ‘big’ clubs, and how that would make his potential switch to Glasgow that much more seamless.

With an earlier report by the Scottish Sun clarifying that Rangers are keen on Lewis Ferguson, Bent’s words will come as motivation for the fans. The Englishman said, “We’ve seen players go to big clubs – not just Celtic and Rangers – but big clubs in the Premier League and can’t handle it, they just can’t cope. He’s the nephew of [Barry] Ferguson, son of Derek, so he’ll know that club better than anyone and that’s a big, big positive for them. There’s no convincing they’ve got to do there, they haven’t got to try nurture someone – he’s seen his dad and Barry do it, so the task becomes easier.”

What Attributes Would Lewis Ferguson Add To This Rangers Side?

The 20-year-old is a central midfielder by position but tends to pop up with important goals at key times during matches. He offers a constant threat in attacking situations. A willing runner with the ball at his feet, the Scottish ace is renowned for his late runs into the box, so as to support the team’s attack-line. Boasting excellent technical ability as well as reaction, the kind of goals that Ferguson scores have a real predatory feel about them.

As good as the Scot can be inside the box, it’s worth conceding that he produces his best football from the standard position in the middle of the park. The Aberdeen man possesses an excellent vision for such a young player – the kind of range that usually only comes with experience.

Rangers Are Keen On Lewis Ferguson - Ferguson in action during a match
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 02: Lewis Ferguson of Aberdeen holds off Callum McGregor of Celtic during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Another of the midfielder’s biggest selling points is his ability to deliver from set-pieces – be it while attacking them, or while taking them himself. There isn’t too much that Ferguson isn’t good at, and his composure in the midfield area could come as a massive boon to Gerrard next term.

How Did Lewis Ferguson’s Season Play Out?

The Scottish U21 international played in a total of 28 league games for Aberdeen, and only missed four fixtures across all competitions for the entirety of the season. The youngster scored one goal each in all of the three major tournaments – the Premiership, the Europa League and the SFA Cup. Add in the fact that he got nine assists across all competitions as well, and it slowly begins to look like a stellar record for a midfield playmaker.

Rangers Are Keen On Lewis Ferguson: Should Gerrard Go For It?

Central midfield hasn’t been the biggest area of concern for Gerrard over the last couple of seasons, but if there’s a lesson to be learnt from the campaign just past, it would be that the Ibrox club require an attack-minded midfield player. Steven Davis is 35 now and will need to be replaced in the near future too. Ferguson, at 20, has already begun to show signs of developing into a top player, and Gerrard will hence do well to sign him up in the upcoming summer window.

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