Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Nathaniel Clyne could reignite his career at Glasgow Rangers.
The 29-year-old, who currently earns £70,000 a week at Liverpool, has failed to play a single minute of football this season, and has not appeared for the Reds since 2018. There was a time when he was Jurgen Klopp’s number one right-back – during the 2016/17 campaign, he appeared in 37 Premier League matches – but the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold has pushed him out of the picture.
His contract runs out at Anfield this summer, and Whelan believes that Ibrox may well be the perfect place for him to get back to his best. He said:
“He will need the right club. If you can keep him fit you have a real player on your hands. He is a modern-day full-back, box-to-box and can get forward. He can do everything required.
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“Rangers could be where he may get an opportunity to reignite his career. He is not past his sell-by-date by a long stretch.”
James Tavernier is Steven Gerrard’s current starter in Clyne’s position for the 54-time Scottish champions, and as the club’s captain, he is an important player. However, he is not the most popular man amongst the club’s supporters, and there remain questions over his defensive ability.
Clyne, having played for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and with 14 England caps to his name, has pedigree that Gerrard can only dream about having in his defence at the moment. As Whelan says, he has plenty more to give at 29 years old. The cruciate ligament rupture he suffered earlier this season could be a warning sign, but if anything, that could play into Ross Wilson’s hands – many other clubs may avoid making a move with that in mind.
The Gers have a 13-point gap to close if they want to beat Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title next term. Signings like the £7.2m-valued defender – as per Transfermarkt – will only boost their chances of doing that.
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