According to a recent report from The Daily Record, Charlie Adam would be open to a return to Rangers in January. The 32-year-old is currently playing his football at Championship outfit Stoke City and has done so since leaving Liverpool back in 2012, although a lack of regular football under Gary Rowett this term has called his future at the club into question.
And reports suggest that the Scotland international is interested in a return to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in the New Year, a move Gers which would undoubtedly represent a step backwards in Rangers’ pursuit of the summit of Scottish football.
Ultimately, it was clear from day one that the Liverpool legend had plenty of work to do to turn things around at Ibrox, what with things petering out greatly under Graeme Murty a few months earlier to underline just how far behind the Light Blues were.
And Gerrard set about doing that work with several shrewd additions over the summer, what with the likes of Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, and Kyle Lafferty signing permanent deals, while young stars Ovie Ejaria and Ryan Kent were one of five loan signings.
In fact, Gerrard made a staggering 15 additions during the summer to underline the hard work he completed to help Rangers get back towards the summit of Scottish football – and while there have been some bumps along the way, they do appear to be heading in the same direction.
Yet a move for 32-year-old Adam, who simply hasn’t played his best football for many a year now, would represent a step backwards in Rangers’ journey towards the top of the Scottish Premiership.
The midfielder began his senior career at Ibrox back in 2003 and went on to play 76 times for the Scottish giants before signing for Blackpool in 2009, where he arguably played his best football of his career to help the Tangerines reach the Premier League.
And while he earned a move to Liverpool as a result, that stint lasted just 12 months, and while there have been glimpses of brilliance during his time at Stoke, he simply isn’t the player he once was.
Yes, the Scottish star still has that ability to produce a moment of magic out of very little, not least from set plays, but in a side striving for consistency every week in a bid to compete with Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, he simply isn’t the sort of signing they should be looking at – it’s not exactly a nod to the long term either.
Thus, while Adam himself appears keen on a return to Rangers, Gerrard should not share in his enthusiasm, as a move for the £1.8 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) would be a step backwards on their drive back to the summit of Scottish football.
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