Rangers aren’t in the best shape at the moment. Despite the initial excitement following the arrival of Steven Gerrard, the Gers have had a mixed few weeks. Leading into the international break, they bagged just one win in the Scottish top flight, and that’s a concern.
Given that they’ll be expected to challenge at the top of the table at the end of the season, Gerrard will have to produce some magic in order to get his team firing. It’s hardly time to panic, but there are some warning signs highlighting that the club need to improve.
Often, though, it’s not just the quality of a squad that is causing problems. Personalities also make a huge difference, and in the past, the Gers have had some big ones. Terry Butcher is, perhaps, one of the most prominent examples. He was at Rangers between 1986 and 1990, and he is now undoubtedly a legend around Ibrox.
He provided significant quality on the field, but perhaps his biggest asset was the inspiration that he provided for his teammates. He was a charismatic leader, and at present, Rangers could do with another one of those players.
One player that would undoubtedly fit the bill is John Terry. Though older and undoubtedly a short-term solution, he’d offer a lot to Rangers. He recently rejected a move to Russia, which he has confirmed on his Instagram page.
After all, having made his Chelsea in 1998, he’s got over 20 years of experience in the Premier League and the Championship, and that undoubtedly counts for something. For Chelsea, in particular, he won vast swathes of silverware over a glittering career in London, with Premier League’s and European cups coming his way. He knows how to win, and he has proven that throughout his career. For Rangers, then, who need to start winning more consistently, that could be of huge use.
Not only has he got the experience of winning, though, but he’s also got it as the leader of the team. Terry is a natural born captain, and he’s led both Aston Villa and Chelsea to success over the years. For Chelsea, he was the leader of some of Europe’s best and biggest players; and that’s a role that cannot be taken lightly. He earned their respect, and if he can replicate that at Rangers, he’d be able to ensure that Steven Gerrard’s personnel are always at their best.
He’d be of particular use to a few of Rangers’ underperforming players, too. At Chelsea, he was able to turn the likes of Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma – two players that were certainly below his level into some of the Premier League’s best performers. He could have a huge impact on someone like Connor Goldson, for example.
Naturally, then, like Butcher, Terry’s influence would go far beyond what he can do on the field, and so that negates much of the risk that comes with signing a 37-year-old player. He’s a free agent, and he’d be able to join immediately – and he could provide the boost that the Light Blues so desperately need.
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