Steven Gerrard’s appointment at Rangers has seen plenty of big names linked with a move to Ibrox. The likes of Martin Skrtel and Fernando Torres are just two names who have been mentioned as potentially ambitious Ibrox targets.
Now, West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry has seen his odds on a move to Ibrox slashed. With the Baggies relegated to the Championship, it is clear to see the idea here.
Barry may look to move on from The Hawthorns after his disappointing campaign in the Midlands. Considering that he and Gerrard were long-term midfield partners in the England squad, it is a deal that makes sense.
So should Rangers make a move to bring in the 53-cap England international this summer?
Barry has triggered a contract renewal with West Brom, but his reputation as a reliable midfield operator has been thrown into disrepute this season. The 37-year-old, who has played more Premier League games than any other player, was part of the West Brom quartet who allegedly stole a taxi in Barcelona during a training camp earlier this year. He then infuriated fans after being spotted in a Birmingham nightclub the night before a crunch clash with Burnley.
Rangers would offer him a final chance at fighting for silverware and perhaps a link into coaching alongside his former England colleague Gerrard.
Rangers need some experience in the heart of their midfield and Barry brings more than perhaps any potential transfer target.
It would be a fine piece of recruitment for Rangers, despite Barry’s recent indiscretions and poor performances. Barry, who has played 653 Premier League games, could be the perfect option to build Gerrard’s team around for next season.
Of course his talents have faded over the years, but Barry would still be a formidable recruit for the Scottish Premiership.
So far, it is a rumour simply sparked by a slashing in betting odds. However, Rangers would not be going too far wrong by making the move a genuine reality this summer.