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Rangers are right not to move for 34-year-old after latest report

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Rangers are right not to move for 34-year-old after latest report

Rangers will not be moving for Stewart Downing this summer, despite reports to the contrary.

It had been claimed Steven Gerrard was keen to bring his old England teammate to Ibrox.

But the Scottish Sun have now reported that the club aren’t interested.

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Downing is now a free agent after being released by Middlesbrough.

The 34-year-old had been with the club since 2015 after rejoining for a second stint from West Ham United.

 

Last term he made 40 appearances, meaning he racked up a total of 399 appearances for his boyhood club.

Downing will now consider his options with Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday said to be interested, but one place he looks unlikely to end up at if The Sun’s report is to be believed is Ibrox.

TBR’s view

Rangers would be right not to move for Downing.

The star served Boro well in his final season but Gerrard shouldn’t be considering any more veterans.

He already has Allan McGregor, Jermain Defoe, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield and Kyle Lafferty – arguably, there are enough experienced heads at Ibrox already.

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Downing – who earned 35 England caps in his career – is no longer a jet-heeled winger and the Gers have already signed Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie, with Sheyi Ojo heavily linked (The Daily Record).

Downing can also play centrally, but Arfield has the advanced midfield position locked down.

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