According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, Rangers could use left back Lee Wallace as part of a possible move to bring Kyle Lafferty back to Ibrox. 30-year-old Lafferty has been repeatedly linked with a return to the Scottish giants this summer as manager Steven Gerrard seeks to bolster his attacking ranks, with reports suggesting that defender Wallace may be used in a bid to convince Hearts to part with the Northern Ireland international.
And were a deal involving messrs Lafferty and Wallace to take place before the close of the window on August 31, it could leave the Gers short in the left back department, which makes sanctioning Declan John’s departure earlier in the summer seem like something of a big mistake.
Ultimately, the arrival of Borna Barisic from NK Osijek somewhat pushed Wales international John down the pecking order at Ibrox, this all after appearing 31 times for the Scottish giants last term in their run to third place in the Scottish Premiership.
In fact, the 23-year-old failed to feature in any of the six matches Rangers played prior to his departure to Swansea City on the final day of the English window to underline that Barisic had taken over as the club’s number one left back – thus, it’s maybe not too much of a surprise that John sought a move away late in the window.
However, the recent developments that fellow left back Wallace, now the next in command behind new signing Barisic, could be on his way out of Ibrox this month looks set to leave Gerrard short in that area of the pitch, not to mention that Barisic is unavailable for selection in the Europa League due to having played against Rangers earlier in the competition.
And while sanctioning the departure of 30-year-old Wallace makes somewhat more sense given he hasn’t featured for the Gers since September last year, letting a bright young talent in John go seems like something of a mistake, let alone the fact that Gerrard now faces something of a problem when it comes to strength in depth down that left-hand-side.
Yes, given he is at the age of 23 and has played five times for Wales over the years, John is arguably in need of first team football at this stage of his career in a bid to continue developing into the fine full back his potential suggests he can become.
But in terms of the best interests of Rangers, reports that they are willing to offload Wallace suggests that selling the £630,000-rated defender (as per Transfermarkt) could prove to be a big mistake.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!