Reading Ace Refuses To Rule Out An Eventual Rangers Return: Should Gerrard Add Him To The Summer Wish-List?

Charlie Adam Hinted At Rangers Return In The Long Run - Adam gestures during a match
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Charlie Adam of Reading reacts during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Blackpool and Reading at Bloomfield Road on January 14, 2020 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by the Daily Record, quoting an interview with BBC’s The Nine, former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has hinted at an eventual return to his boyhood club Rangers. The Scottish international, who was a product of the Dundee and then Rangers academy systems, has touted the latter to be ‘one of the biggest clubs in Europe’.

The veteran midfielder went on to offer the Gers some tips on how they could ‘turn the tables’ on Celtic ahead of what could be the Hoops’ historic tenth straight Premiership title next season. While Charlie Adam hinted at a Rangers return in the long run, he also suggested that the Ibrox club has what it takes to turn the tables the next season.

Speaking on the matter, he told BBC’s The Nine, “Rangers is a great place, great club, great support. If that opportunity ever came around you could never turn it down. Rangers are one of the biggest clubs in Europe. But I think there’s more to worry about for Rangers at the moment, having to stop Ten in a Row next season. They’ve done a bit of business early, signing Hagi. It’ll be interesting to see in the next few weeks with Ross Wilson, the manager and the staff, what type of player they want to bring in. Players with a little bit of experience, that have the know-how of playing at a big club. That might turn the tables a little bit. I’d be delighted for them to win that league next season, it’d be a great way to stop Ten in a Row.”

What Would Charlie Adam Add To This Rangers Midfield Line?

The veteran Scottish midfielder used to be among the most celebrated players in the Premier League during his days at Blackpool and then Liverpool. A good carrier of the ball, the 34-year-old was renowned for his superb ability to strike the ball with intense precision and power from the most improbable of distances. A central-midfielder by position, Adam offers his team a proper balance of defensive and offensive attributes, in that he’s able to slot in and help out at the back just as well as he can finish off an opportunity in the final third.

Charlie Adam Hinted At Rangers Return In The Long Run - Adam celebrates a goal
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Charlie Adam of Reading celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Reading at Craven Cottage on January 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Standing at 1.85m tall, the veteran offers a substantial physical presence in the middle of the park for any team, and his prior experience playing in the same side as Steven Gerrard could do quite a bit to attract interest from the English legend. Although it’s worth considering that the midfielder is well past his prime now, it must be conceded that experience could prove to be the difference between Celtic securing a record-breaking league title, or the Gers denying it. Adam brings vast amounts of composure and collectedness in the central areas of the pitch with his rational nature and general ability on the ball.

What Is Rangers’ Current Central Midfield Situation?

The purchase of Ianis Hagi was meant to bolster the Ibrox club’s attacking qualities, and as good as he is, it must be conceded that other positions need to be filled too. With that said though, Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo are all options for Gerrard to choose from in the central midfield role, which means that acquiring a player in that position might not be a necessity at this point. Other roles within this Rangers squad will need to be addressed if they hope to push Celtic in the title race next season.

Charlie Adam Hinted At Rangers Return In The Long Run: Should Gerrard Be Interested In The Scot?

Given the squad that is currently at Gerrard’s disposal, it could be argued that central midfield is one of the positions where they don’t necessarily need to spend money. While replacing Steven Davis is bound to become a concern in the coming seasons, it’s not something that Gerrard needs to worry about right now, especially considering the numbers that are available to the Glasgow club in the role. Charlie Adam, at 34, has been plying his trade for a lower league English club for a while now, and bringing him in just because of the Ibrox roots could turn out to be an absolute blunder, and would best be avoided by Gerrard this summer.

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