Garner has Rangers medical and Villa defender could soon follow – Twitter Reacts

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson is resigned to losing striker Joe Garner, and has stated that he expects a move to Glasgow Rangers to go through this week, pending a medical at Ibrox.

The 28-year-old striker has all but left Deepdale after 3 and a half seasons as a Lilywhite, signing from Watford in the January transfer window of 2013. With over 50 goals to his name he will be missed by the North End faithful, who will be, allegedly, receiving in excess of £1 million from the Scottish giants. From this writer’s point of view that is almost a steal in today’s transfer market, for a man who very much knows where the goal is.

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Capped by England at U16, U17 and U19 level the Blackburn born Garner has notched regularly at his previous clubs, notably Carlisle United, Nottingham Forest, Scunthorpe United and most recently Preston North End. Garner made the Football League One team of the year in 2014/15, and in 2015 also won the Football League goal of the year, the Football League One player of the year, and the Football League One golden boot.

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In the form of Garner, Mark Warburton and Glasgow Rangers have secured an old-fashioned British centre forward. Garner is powerful in the air, and equally has a thumping strike on him to boot as well. This is shown well in the video below:

Added to this quite obvious physicality is perhaps an underrated deft touch and not a bad turn of pace for a centre forward. Garner does also possess half-decent dribbling ability – maybe not his strongest asset but certainly something that will be required at the top level of Scottish football. From the outside at least, it appears Garner has a lot of different skills in his locker, and rest assured he will be looking to show them off to the Ibrox fans sooner rather than later.

It has also been reported that the blue half of Glasgow may be in for a double swoop with Joleon Lescott also joining the ‘Gers as well as Garner. Lescott and Garner would add a strong English core to the Rangers team, making them very competitive in their first season back in the top flight of Scottish football – the recently re-branded Scottish Premiership.

Joleon Lescott has had his own demons (some quite self-inflicted) over the past few seasons, and a vocal section of Villa fans want him out of their club as soon as possible. However, that should not deter other clubs from looking at the just turned 34 year old defender. After all, you do not win 26 England caps, two Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and amass over 270 Premier League appearances if you’re not at least half-decent. Joey Barton is a Rangers player, and knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity and maybe he could be a positive influence for Lescott (I am aware what describing Joey Barton as a positive influence sounds like…).

Rangers’ off field issues have been well documented, but have negotiated a swift rise through the divisions to reach the level they were last at in 2012, and sets up a pulsating league Old Firm derby for the first time in four years. If these deals  for Lescott and Garner were to come off then Rangers could represent a serious challenge to the likes of Aberdeen and bitter city rivals Glasgow Celtic at the top of the league. 

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

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