In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
Scottish Premiership action will resume for Rangers on Sunday when they travel to Tynecastle and take on Heart of Midlothian to try and keep their hands on top-spot (BBC), as the international break closes for another month.
Whilst there was not any top-flight football taken place across the footballing globe, it feels like an opportune time to take a look at how some of the Light Blues’ loanees are doing away from Ibrox in the first few months of the season.
Currently in his second spell on loan with Club Necaxa, Eduardo Herrera has already managed to surpass his total appearance tally for Rangers with them. The former Mexico international has clocked up 28 appearances so far, which is four more than what he was able to achieve in Glasgow – with a much better ratio in front of goal as well (7 goals and three assists to his two-and-one record at Ibrox).
Utilised largely from the bench, the 31-year-old has gone on to make 11 outings so far this season for the Liga MX Apertura outfit, scoring twice and assisting his team-mates with a further one.
However, significant playing time does not appear to be on the cards for the £900k-rated Herrera, as he has only managed 393 total minutes – making just one against Monarcas Morelia in the previous match (TransferMarkt).
Glenn Middleton made the short trip to Edinburgh to continue his development as he decided to join Hibernian and potentially get some relevant experience playing in the Scottish Premiership.
Indeed, the £360k-rated winger appears to be getting the game-time required that could allow him to give Steven Gerrard something to think about once he does return to Ibrox in the future.
The 19-year-old has featured in all but one game for Hibernian so far, making seven appearances and providing two assists, although he is yet to find himself on the scoresheet. Interestingly, he has only played one full match, although, perhaps, that could be down to his age and inexperience.
A largely forgotten man at Rangers, Jason Holt headed off to St. Johnstone to try and revive his career as a footballer in the Scottish Premiership.
Indeed, although it is early days into his spell with the McDiarmid Park outfit, the 26-year-old has managed to make just two appearances for Tommy Wright’s outfit.
Of course, he was ineligible to face Rangers last month, however he wasn’t included in their matchday squad against Ross County just prior to the international break.
Arguably, Middleton is the only name that Gerrard and Rangers will be keeping tabs on as the 19-year-old is the man to most likely have a future at Ibrox in the future – someone the manager allegedly thinks highly of.
The Scotland Under-19 international managed to have a productive season for the Light Blues throughout the 2018/19 campaign as he proved to have an impact on the pitch at times, with five goals and a further five assists in his 29 appearances for Rangers, which included featuring in the Europa League (Transfermarkt).
Herrera and Holt, on the other hand, are likely playing to secure permanent moves away from Ibrox and it will be interesting to see what the remainder of the season holds in store for them moving forward.
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