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Gerrard may have missed a trick failing to lure Jon Walters to Rangers

Gerrard may have missed a trick failing to lure Jon Walters to Rangers

Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in fine voice in the last few hours after seeing their side reach the group stages of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s men beat Russian outfit Ufa 1-0 in the first leg of their play-off encounter at Ibrox last week to give them something to defend on Thursday, and they certainly had to work hard given they played much of the encounter with nine men. Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan were both given their marching orders to leave the Gers facing an uphill battle against their Russian opponents, yet a 1-1 draw means that Gerrard’s side will be in the draw for the group stages later on today.

Subsequently, there have been many delighted Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are also likely to be intrigued by what the final day of the Scottish transfer window is going to throw up, and whether their side will make any more additions.

Yet the Gers may well have missed a trick failing to lure the experienced Jon Walters to Ibrox during the summer window, what with the winger joining Ipswich Town on loan from Burnley on Thursday.

The 34-year-old made the move to Turf Moor last summer after ending a seven-year association with fellow Premier League side Stoke City, but only managed three league appearances for the Clarets last term to underline his lowly position in Sean Dyche’s pecking order.

And with just one appearance for the club this time round, it was becoming increasingly likely that the Republic of Ireland international would leave Burnley before the close of the transfer window, with the Championship’s basement side Ipswich securing his services on Thursday.

Yet given the vast amount of experience Walters possesses, alongside the fact that Rangers are without fellow winger Jamie Murphy for the entirety of this season, Gerrard may have missed a trick failing to sign the 34-year-old.

The former Stoke man has played 233 times in the Premier League during his career to underline just how long he has been at the top level, and with 43 goals and 21 assists in that time, he also helped produce the goods for a Potters side that became an established top-flight team until their somewhat surprising relegation last time round.

And with 53 caps for the Republic of Ireland, there is little doubting that Walters could have been a huge asset to Gerrard this term as the Gers chief seeks to take the Scottish giants back towards the summit of the game north of the border, while his arrival would also help compensate for the injury to Murphy.

The 28-year-old has been ruled out for the entirety of the campaign after suffering a knee injury against Kilmarnock little under a fortnight ago, thus leaving Gerrard without one of his most influential attackers in his first season in charge.

And while Walters is probably not as good in the attacking third of the pitch as Murphy, what he would have offered the Gers is a huge amount of experience and an incredible work-ethic.

As such, the Light Blues may have missed a trick failing to lure the Irishman to Ibrox this summer.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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