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Rangers get one over Celtic with arrival of Jon Flanagan

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Rangers get one over Celtic with arrival of Jon Flanagan

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is bringing his old pal to Ibrox this summer, despite interest from Glasgow rivals

Rangers are set to complete the signature of Jon Flanagan. The 25-year-old has been released by Liverpool after years of injury trouble and recent problems off the pitch. He finished last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers, but just four years ago he only just missed out on the World Cup squad for England in Brazil.

Steven Gerrard, his former team-mate, has clearly managed to talk the player into an Ibrox move. It is a great coup for Rangers as, when fit, the defender can be a star for the club. Considering he was being tipped as a future superstar by Cafu just three years ago it is not a stretch to believe he can be a star in Scotland.

(of Liverpool of Tranmere Rovers during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

Rangers also have double the reason to celebrate, as the signing of Flanagan gets one over on their Old Firm rivals Celtic. As reported by The Sunday Post Celtic were also after the full-back earlier this month.

That is not the first time Celtic have wanted him either. The Scottish Sun reported interest in the player back in the summer of 2016. It is clear that Brendan Rodgers was hopeful of reuniting with his former player, but it seems the bond with former team-mate Gerrard may be stronger.

 

It could also be that in terms of first-team football in Glasgow, Flanagan fancies his chances at Ibrox over Parkhead.

But if he can become a hit at Rangers, no doubt the clubs fans will be reminding Celtic that they beat them to his signature.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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