Rangers could go back in for a teenage defender that they unsuccessfully attempted to sign last month once the summer transfer window opens.
Football Insider reported that the ‘Gers are planning another swoop for Everton’s Lewis Gibson, who moved on loan to Fleetwood Town on January’s transfer deadline day, having enquired in recent weeks about a potential loan switch to Ibrox for the 19-year-old.
According to Football Insider, the youngster signed a new deal at Goodison Park just before going out on loan which commits him to the Toffees until 2022, with the Merseyside club likely to loan him out again next season.
Gibson has yet to make a competitive appearance for Everton’s first team but has featured in Fleetwood’s three matches so far this month, playing the full 90 minutes in all three victories for Joey Barton’s side and helping them to keep a clean sheet away to second-placed Wycombe in midweek (as per TransferMarkt).
According to Football Insider, the Toffees rate him as a “huge talent” who could establish himself in their first team in the future, with his early performances for Fleetwood suggesting that he is going the right way about it. He has recorded match averages of 1.3 successful headers and 5.3 clearances so far for the Cod Army, although a passing success rate of just 54.2% indicates that he needs to work on his distribution (as per WhoScored).
Gibson is three years younger than Rangers centre-back George Edmundson, who came to the club last summer after being a regular for Oldham in English League Two (one level below Fleetwood) in 2018/19. Alas, the 22-year-old has found game-time much harder to come by at Ibrox, making just 10 first team appearances for the ‘Gers.
He was selected by Steven Gerrard to start against Hibernian last week, just his second league start this term, but found himself back on the bench for the midweek defeat to Kilmarnock as Nikola Katic, who was criticised by some ‘Gers fans for his recent display against Aberdeen, was restored to the starting XI at Rugby Park.
Edmundson has found it hard to secure a place in Gerrard’s preferred XI this season and he went to Rangers after two full seasons of senior football, whereas Gibson had not played at senior level prior to his loan to Fleetwood.
For all the promise that the 19-year-old seems to be showing, he is still very raw and could find it tough to get regular game-time if he moves to Ibrox next season, given that a more experienced centre-back in Edmundson has been unable to obtain regular first team minutes.
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