According to a recent report from The Sunday Mirror (12/08; page 65) (via The Birmingham Mail), striker Ross McCormack could be set for a move away in the near future. The 31-year-old is currently on the books at Aston Villa but has failed to produce his best form for the Championship club, prompting manager Steve Bruce to ship him out on loan to Nottingham Forest and Melbourne City in recent years.
And it appears that the Villans chief wants him out of the club altogether as per recent reports, which means that the door could be ajar for Rangers and manager Steven Gerrard to lure the £4.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) back to Ibrox.
Ultimately, 31-year-old McCormack has found regular game time very hard to come by since making the move from Fulham back in 2016, with just 24 appearances to show for his efforts in the last two years.
In fact, the striker is so far down Bruce’s pecking order that he was loaned out to first Forest and then Melbourne City, and while he has since returned to Villa Park, Bruce reportedly wants him, and indeed fellow high-earner Micah Richards, out of the club.
And while wages could prove to be something of a problem for Gerrard’s Rangers, they should seek to re-sign the 31-year-old in a bid to bolster their own attacking ranks.
Clearly, while striker Alfredo Morelos has made a fast start to the season in netting three goals in seven games for the Gers, winger Jamie Murphy is the only other attacking player to find the back of the net so far this term, which is sure to be of concern to manager Gerrard – the Light Blues boss even admitted a few weeks back that signings could be needed.
And with Josh Windass, one of just two players alongside Morelos to reach double figures last season, having left the club on the English deadline day last week, it’s difficult to see where the goals are going to come from for the Scottish giants this term – McCormack could help solve that issue.
Yes, his time at Villa has been nothing short of disastrous, but one mustn’t forget how prolific the forward was earlier in his career, not least in the Championship in which he has bagged 120 goals in just 333 appearances at second tier level, equating to a goal every 207 minutes.
Thus, it’s clear that the Scotland international has huge pedigree in front of goal and could be a huge asset to Gerrard going forward this term, and the chance to return to where it all started for McCormack many years ago may be of interest to the striker, as he seeks to reignite his career after a testing time in the Midlands.
And with Bruce reportedly exploring the possibility of releasing him from his contract, the door could be ajar for Gerrard to bring the striker back to Rangers this summer.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!