According to a recent interview conducted by Dubai Eye, as has been clarified by the Daily Record, Jack Wilshere has opened up about the rumours linking him with a move to Premiership heavyweights Rangers. The English midfielder agreed that the presence of Steven Gerrard at the club would pique his interest, because the former Liverpool legend is a player that he has played with for the national team in the past. Wilshere went on to say that although the thought of moving to Scotland hadn’t come up, it’s a move that he hasn’t dismissed from his mind yet.
Although Jack Wilshere has opened the door to a potential Rangers move, whether or not it happens is something that remains to be seen. Speaking on the matter, he said, “It would interest me because it’s Steven Gerrard, and that’s no disrespect to Scotland. It never crossed my mind playing there, but now that Gerrard’s there the door definitely isn’t closed. But at the same time it wouldn’t be my first choice. I’ve read all the rumours, but honestly there’s been no contact. Listen, I played with Gerrard for England, I watched him growing up. He was one of my heroes growing up and he’s a legend. But there’s been no contact.”
What Is Rangers’ Current Midfield Situation?
The Ibrox club have what is undoubtedly the Scottish Premiership’s strongest midfield roster, and that is even considering the fact that summer arrival Bongani Zungu is yet to settle into the first-team picture. Once the South African is also embedded into the team in an effective manner, Steven Gerrard will almost certainly be spoilt for choice, irrespective of the position or style. Unlike league rivals Celtic, Rangers have enough players in midfield to be able to field two separate first-teams, and that’s something that Gerrard deserves massive credit for.
The likes of Scott Arfield, Bongani Zungu, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo and Ianis Hagi are all options, with a number of them having the versatility required to operate across a variety of positions on the pitch. Jack Wilshere, upon arrival, would likely demand to play in the number ten role, but for that, he’d have to move ahead of Arfield, Aribo and Hagi on the Gers’ pecking order. One of the issues that Gerrard faced at the start of the season involved injuries to key names. Only recently has that issue seemingly been solved. To that end, bringing in a player of Wilshere’s dependability wouldn’t be the greatest idea.
What Kind Of Player Is Jack Wilshere?
The former Arsenal man was once touted to be the future of English football, but over the years, injuries have played their part on his development. Despite showing initial signs of great promise, spells in and out of the side meant that he was never able to find consistency. This irregular form is something that has affected his game for a long time, and bringing him in would definitely be a risk. When fully fit, Wilshere tends to be an excellent passer of the ball, who is also adept at making late runs into the box and producing important goal contributions.
Jack Wilshere Has Opened The Door To A Potential Rangers Move: Should Gerrard Sign Him?
As good as Jack Wilshere is, his last few years in the Premier League haven’t been anywhere near the required level. This is arguably what prompted West Ham United to terminate his contract earlier in the summer. Although the slower tempo of the football in Scotland could benefit his output, it must be taken into account that the Premiership is just as physical as the English top-flight, if not more so. Rangers already have a solid core in place, and with all things considered, this isn’t a move that Steven Gerrard should consider a priority anytime in the near future.