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Steven Gerrard can awaken Ben Woodburn from his slump

Steven Gerrard can awaken Ben Woodburn from his slump

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been extremely busy during January in the hopes of catching Celtic in the title race.

The Old Firm derby victory meant Rangers moved level on points with the league leaders who hold the advantage due to their game in hand. Nevertheless, the win will be a massive confidence boost heading into the remaining fixtures. The title race looks set to head to the wire and the Gers have their best chance in years of toppling their arch rivals.

Both sides have been extremely active in the first two weeks of the transfer window, adding numerous players to their respective squads. Gerrard has moved quickly to secure the signings of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis and even more additions could ensure the top prize in Scottish football returns to Ibrox.

One man he should consider is Liverpool wonderkid – Ben Woodburn. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the Wales international was widely considered one of the brightest prospects in the Liverpool academy after bursting on the scene scoring against Leeds United in the League Cup. With his route to the first-team currently blocked, Woodburn was sent on loan to Sheffield United but the move has not gone to plan so far – the youngster has now returned to Anfield after starting just one game in the Championship.

Despite his struggles with the Blades, Gerrard shouldn’t turn down the opportunity to lure the youngster to Ibrox. The Welshman is hugely talented and can cover various positions which could be crucial in the long-term. Just like Ryan Kent, Woodburn would add another dimension to the Gers attack. Working with a veteran forward like Defoe could also be hugely beneficial to the 19-year-old who has the potential to be one of the top players in the country.

This is a move that would benefit all parties involved.

Rangers fans, thoughts?

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