Rangers have produced a number of wonderful players over the years who have gone on to enjoy plenty of success at Ibrox, but things haven’t always turned out perfectly for everyone.
Macleod signed for Rangers as a kid and progressed through the youth system. The midfielder made his professional debut in a Scottish Challenge Cup first round match versus Brechin City on 29 July 2012. He went on to hold down a regular starting place in the side and produced three goals and five assists during his breakthrough season.
During his second season he made a name for himself by producing five goals and four assists in all competitions but he ended up missing most of the second half of the campaign through injury. He saved his best till last at Ibrox as his eight goals and six assists in 21 appearances in the 2014-15 season caught the eye of Brentford.
The Glasgow club will regret selling Lewis Macleod to Brentford even more now as he’s reached new heights since joining the English side for £1.15 million (by Transfermarkt) back in 2015.
The midfielder has gone up a level in the current campaign as he’s produced three goals and two assists in 17 Championship appearances as one of the best midfielders in the division. However, he hasn’t really had the opportunity to kick on as injuries have held him back, but there’s no doubt he can become a future star.
Scott Arfield has been Rangers’ go-to man in recent times and he even managed to grab a hat-trick against Motherwell last time out in the Scottish Premiership. But, he often has to make things happen himself as Ryan Jack lacks quality in the final third, so an attack-minded midfielder is definitely required this summer.
So, Rangers’ decision to sell Macleod now looks to be a mistake as he would be perfect alongside the former Burnley man as he has the ability to pick defence-splitting passes. He glides forward and drags the opposition’s defenders out of position with his dangerous runs, which would create more space for Arfield to operate in. And, most importantly, he’s able to produce valuable contributions in the final third as the creative spark Steven Gerrard is calling out for.
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