John Fleck has told the Daily Record that it was the right decision to leave Rangers in 2012 following the club’s financial collapse – as he nears winning his first Scotland cap.
Fleck, 27, has been called up by Scotland to take on San Marino and Kazakhstan in Euro 2020 qualifiers this week. He has been in excellent form for Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield United this season.
He has scored two goals and created six more for the Blades this season. Missing just one Championship outing, his importance to Chris Wilder’s side is astronomical and it could soon see him become a Premier League player.
Speaking as Scotland flew out to Kazakhstan, Fleck stated that he made the right decision to leave Ibrox after turning out 55 times for the Teddy Bears – even if it has stunted his wait for a Scotland cap.
“It was my choice to leave Rangers. I wasn’t a first-team regular and I had to go out and find myself as a player,” Fleck said. “Rangers didn’t actually try to convince me to stay. I made that decision completely on my own.
“It was a big call and, looking back, it was the right call. I could have stayed but would I have played? I’m not so sure. I had to go out and get regular first-team football.”
The fact that Sky Sports claimed in the latter stages of the January window that Fleck was a £4million target for West Ham, shows just how he made the right decision – and Rangers made the wrong one.
One of the most consistent performers in the Championship, Rangers and Scotland fans are now going to see what the Ibrox club are missing. It is a big miss, especially in Steven Gerrard’s midfield right now.
Fleck’s decision to leave was the right one. But Rangers decision to let him leave is an even bigger mistake.