Rangers boss Steven Gerrard’s interest in Martin Skrtel has long been documented. The Slovakian is a former team-mate of the Ibrox boss from his time at Liverpool. As reported by CNN Turk, among many other reports over the past few months, Rangers wanted the veteran defender in the summer and again in January.
But no deal ever happened. Skrtel’s agent told the Daily Record in the summer that the deal was ‘impossible’ due to funding. The report made it clear, Rangers could not afford his massive £60k-a-week wages.
Of course, Skrtel is a big name who would have been welcomed at Ibrox. But, in reality, have Rangers dodged an expensive bullet?
There are some teams in the fringe leagues of Europe that should never get relegated. Ajax and PSV in Holland, Olympiakos and Panathinaikos in Greece, Anderlecht in Belgium. Fenerbahce are in the same category for Turkey. However, they are currently in a fight for survival.
The Istanbul giants are just one place outside the Turkish Super Lig relegation zone, level on points with Ankaragucu behind them.
Rangers’ target has hardly helped his current club. In fact, when Skrtel was recently suspended, Fenerbahce one both games. Rangers would have been signing a defender clearly well beyond his prime and in a battle to save his prestigious club from their first ever relegation.
Gerrard may be an old pal, but failing to bring the veteran to Ibrox looks to be a blessing in disguise.