Jason Holt has admitted to The Glasgow Evening Times that it was tough to leave Rangers this summer, despite not having played for the club under Steven Gerrard.
The 26-year-old joined Scottish Premiership outfit St. Johnstone on a season-long loan deal on deadline day.
“It’s a wrench to leave Rangers, of course it is,” he told The Glasgow Evening Times. “It’s a big club, a special club but in football you have to think about your career and move on sometimes.”
“It’s just one of those things. When a new manager arrives it can be like a revolving door. I decided to go out on loan last season to play games and then when I came back, the team there had come on leaps and bounds.
“So there wasn’t a place for me. I wasn’t in the plans and you have to move on. It’s a tough decision to make because you never want to leave a club of that size – but you have to think about the bigger picture.”
It was hardly a surprise to see Holt leave Rangers this summer, as he has since largely become a rather forgotten man under the new management team at Ibrox, spent last season on loan at Fleetwood Town.
The 26-year-old’s last appearance for the Light Blues actually came back in May 2018 when he provided a side being looked after by Jimmy Nicholl with two assists and a goal in a 5-5 draw away to Hibernian (Transfermarkt).
His chances of playing any role for Gerrard appear to be rather slim, as the manager has made a number of changes to his midfield options over the past three transfer windows he has had.
The likes of Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo and Ryan Jack are all available to him (Transfermarkt), meaning he would have only fallen further down the pecking order.
Indeed, it an exit would appear to have been on the cards for some time. According to a report by Football Insider back in April, Rangers were allegedly set to tell Holt that he had no future at Ibrox and was allowed to leave the club permanently in the summer transfer window as they would not be offering him an extension to his present deal that expires next year.
It is never nice to leave a club after spending so many years there, however the move away from Rangers was always going to be on the cards for Holt.
As mentioned, the midfielder’s chances of playing regular football appear to be next-to-none at Ibrox after all the changes that Gerrard has made, whilst the fact that he has not featured for the manager in the year or so that he has been at the helm would surely have been an indicator about his future in Glasgow.
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