Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been pretty despondent in recent times after seeing their side lose the Old Firm derby on Sunday.
Steven Gerrard’s men went into their clash with bitter rivals Celtic unbeaten under the Liverpool legend following his appointment as manager during the summer, and as such hopeful of recording their first win over the Bhoys since 2012. But the Gers were second-best at Parkhead on Sunday as an Olivier Ntcham goal sealed a deserved three points for Brendan Rodgers’ side, thus leaving the Light Blues with just one win from their opening four Scottish Premiership matches.
As such, there have been many disappointed Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been looking back on their side’s transfer window very fondly indeed given Gerrard brought in no fewer than 15 players during the summer.
Yet one man he missed out on was Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons, who was reportedly linked with a move to Ibrox, only to remain at St James’ Park beyond the August 31 deadline.
But with the £630,000-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) having missed out on a place in Rafa Benitez’s 25-man Premier League squad, Gerrard may have missed a trick failing to lure the youngster to Ibrox.
Ultimately, the Magpies attacker has struggled repeatedly with injuries during his short career in mustering just 27 senior appearances for the North East giants – he’s actually featured more for the club’s development squad over the years.
Yet there have been flashes of brilliance in those 27 appearances, not least in Premier League games against Crystal Palace in 2014 and against Tottenham in 2016, as on both occasions Aarons netted once and laid on an assist in an excellent cameo role off the bench.
Thus, while those moments have been few and far between, mainly as a result of injuries, there is no doubting that the 22-year-old has genuine ability and potential just waiting to be unlocked – that could have happened at Rangers.
Yes, it would have been something of a risk given the lack of football he has played in recent times, but were Gerrard able to get him playing regularly and thus getting close to his best form, the winger would have been a huge asset to this Rangers side, not least in the absence of fellow winger Jamie Murphy, who is out for the rest of the season.
And with Aarons now set to play no part in Newcastle’s Premier League campaign, it looks like another testing season is in store for the 22-year-old, a season which could have been salvaged were he to make the move to Rangers.
But moving to Ibrox would not only have been in his best interests, but it would have been in Rangers’ as well, which is why Gerrard may have missed a trick failing to lure him north of the border last month.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!