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Rangers Midfielder Open To Returning To St. Johnstone Next Season: Does Gerrard Need To Keep Him?

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According to a recent report by The Herald, midfield ace Jason Holt has clarified that he would ‘love’ to go back to a great club like St. Johnstone next season, and that he’s enjoyed the time he spent at the Scottish Premiership club. The 27-year-old, currently on loan at McDiarmid Park from Rangers, is said to be out of contract at the Ibrox during the upcoming summer, meaning that a move away could well be on the cards.

The midfielder then went on to claim that his integration into the Saints first-team at the start of the season was comfortable and that he mixed well with the players at the club. The Rangers loanee said, “I would love to go back to St Johnstone, they are a great club and I have really enjoyed my time there. I got on really well with the staff and the players, which is really important when you go to a new club. It was really easy for me to integrate. As soon as I went in, I got on really well with the lads. They are a really good bunch.”

How Has Jason Holt Performed At St. Johnstone This Season?

The Scottish midfielder is often seen deployed in the central areas of the pitch, from where he would have to ability to dictate the tempo of the game, while also helping out the defenders at the same time.

The 27-year-old didn’t have the greatest of starts to the campaign but has gradually turned his season around over the last many months. The Rangers man had notched up 17 first-team appearances for the Saints before the campaign was brought to a halt – a period during which he didn’t make a single goal contribution.

Erik Sviatchenko of Celtic vies with Jason Holt of Rangers during the Rangers v Celtic match
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 31: Erik Sviatchenko of Celtic vies with Jason Holt of Rangers during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It wasn’t until the middle of September that Tommy Wright gave the midfielder his first taste of action in the Premiership, but since that tie, he became a regular in the first-team picture. Although the unexpected resignation of Tommy Wright could come as a significant blow to the midfielder’s hopes of staying on at St. Johnstone, Holt has seemingly done enough to earn a permanent move to Perth in the upcoming summer transfer window. One thing that can be said for sure is that the midfielder has won over the hearts of many fans within McDiarmid Park.

What Has Jason Holt Achieved At Rangers Over The Years?

The Scot was signed up by the Premiership giants back in the summer of 2015, on the back of an impressive campaign he had with Sheffield United in League 1. Despite scoring only five times in the lower division, the Gers viewed it as enough to make a move for the midfielder later that summer. Since his arrival, his performance levels have been consistently dropping. Having made 32 appearances and scored ten goals in his first season at the club, Holt failed to reach the same heights in his next two campaigns (Transfermarkt).

Should Gerrard Look To Keep Holt At Ibrox Next Season?

The 27-year-old’s last two league spells have been away from the Ibrox Stadium – the first at League 1 side Fleetwood Town, and more recently at Premiership high-flyers St. Johnstone. Considering the number of midfielders that Gerrard currently has at his disposal, there isn’t an immediate need for an experienced head who can pass the ball around efficiently in the central areas. Gerrard would do well to instead focus on other areas of the pitch where they need strengthening and allow Jason Holt to make his desired free transfer to Perth this summer.

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