Rangers fans may remember John Fleck for a number of reasons. He was once hailed as Scotland’s Wayne Rooney but he was never able to really live up to his full potential.
John Fleck was a part of Rangers’ youth teams and was later handed his debut for the first team against SV Lippstadt 08 on the 15th of July 2007, becoming the first 15-year old-to play for the Light Blues since Derek Ferguson.
The Scotsman was later included for the first time in the Rangers first team squad for a competitive match against Kilmarnock. But, he had to wait until January 2008 to make his competitive debut against East Stirlingshire in the Scottish Cup, with his league debut following at the end of May.
Indeed, the midfielder was very highly-rated over in Scotland and it was clear to see why after witnessing his first start for the club as he secured the man of the match award.
However, things went slightly wrong in August 2009 as it was reported that Fleck had been dropped from the Rangers first-team after a training ground “bust-up” with Ally McCoist.
And, things didn’t get much better for the midfielder after that as a lack of minutes looked as if it would result in Fleck joining Sheffield United on loan, but the deal fell through so he joined Blackpool on loan instead in January.
He later went on to become a free agent after lodging an objection to his contract being transferred to the newco.
Fleck made 55 appearances for Rangers, scoring three goals and providing five assists.
It’s safe to say that leaving Rangers has benefited him massively as he went on to thrive at Coventry City which helped him secure a move to Sheffield United. And, he’s now established himself as a star in the English Championship, having produced two goals and eight assists in his last two campaigns with the Blades, as well as bagging four goals and 20 assists in League One.
Rangers fans will regret the fact that Ally McCoist ended up selling the midfielder back in 2012 as he’d be the perfect potential replacement for Scott Arfield, with the current Rangers star attracting interest from Southampton ahead of the summer transfer window. His pace allows him to glide past the opposition, he possesses the ability to score and create, as well as adopting a dogged approach which makes him an absolute nuisance in the defensive third.
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