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James McArthur should join his boyhood club Rangers this summer

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James McArthur should join his boyhood club Rangers this summer

This summer, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is planning a major clearing out after the Eagles narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League.

According to the Daily Mail, 30-year-old midfielder James McArthur is among those who have been deemed surplus to requirements by the former England boss and is on his way out of Selhurst Park.

Linked with Cardiff City, Aston Villa, and Rangers, the Glaswegian central midfielder should make the switch to the club he supported as a youngster and team up with Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.

The move north of the border would be the perfect transfer for both parties involved.

McArthur is a Rangers fan and played for both the Rangers Boy Club and the Rangers Supporters’ club youth team before joining Hamilton Academical in 2003. The Scottish international has strong ties to the Gers and finally playing for his boyhood club would be a dream come true for the midfielder.

In addition, McArthur has much to offer the Scottish club, as he is coming off a fine season in south London.

The midfielder has bagged an impressive seven goals in 34 matches played in all competitions. McArthur is also on a superb vein of recent form, with two goals and one assist in his last two matches.

The Scottish international is one of the major reasons Crystal Palace have avoided the drop, contributing gutsy performances while chipping in with crucial goals in the Eagles’ run-in.

A return to Scottish football would present an enticing opportunity for the former Hamilton player, where McArthur could finally compete for a league title. In his two seasons in the Scottish Premier League with the Accies, McArthur never finished higher than seventh.

Joining forces with newly announced manager Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, the Premier League-quality midfielder could lead Rangers to their first league title since 2011.

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Max Cohen

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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