It was a long time ago, but Rangers fans once got to see what Kyle Bartley would look like in a Rangers shirt, and they’d love to be able to call upon the 27-year-old now as defensive gaps are appearing at Ibrox. Back in 2011, first in January and then again in the summer, Bartley featured at Ibrox, and he’d be a welcome addition now under Steven Gerrard.
That was a very long time ago for the central defender and since then his game has improved and he’s grown as a player. A couple of seasons in the Championship with Leeds United, when he was on-loan from Swansea City, and then this season at West Bromwich Albion have helped Bartley show what he’s capable of, and how the Bluenoses would love to have him at the heart of their defence now.
In Bartley’s spell at Ibrox way back in January 2011 through to summer 2012, he made a name for himself as a hard-to-beat, tough tackling defender, with Ally McCoist getting plenty of praise for opting to loan in the then-Arsenal man. However, seven years after he left Ibrox to return to Arsenal, Steven Gerrard could greatly benefit from bringing the now-West Brom man to the club.
The chances are that Bartley will stay where he is for now. The Hawthorns has been an ideal new home for the 27-year-old, and whilst the Baggies may have missed out on promotion after finishing 4th and bowing out of the play-offs on penalties to Aston Villa, next season could well be the year they make their Premier League return, although it certainly won’t be easy.
Equally, the Gers could be set struggle next season as they don’t yet know who it will be making up their backline. Joe Worrall is set to return to Nottingham Forest at the end of his season-long loan, and with Gareth McAuley leaving Ibrox at the end of his one-year deal, a new centre-back is going to be key. If only back in 2012 the Bluenoses had secured Bartley on a permanent deal, they might now have these issues now.
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