This summer has seen Phil Jagielka tentatively linked with a move to Rangers. Mostly, those reports have been because of opinion sites or fan theories rather than anything concrete.
However, Jagielka was photographed on a Glasgow high street yesterday with former Ibrox director of football Gordon Smith. That certainly sparked renewed rumours of a potential deal for Jagielka.
It certainly would be a fitting transfer. Rangers need centre-back reinforcement with Joe Worrall and Gareth McAuley leaving. Jagielka, a free agent after leaving Everton, knows Gerrard from his time in the England squad. The boot certainly fits.
But Rangers are reportedly not interested in Jagielka. Football Scotland claims Jagielka os friends with Smith’s son and this was the reason behind his Glasgow trip.
The Daily Record goes further. They state that ‘Rangers are not understood to be interested’ in the 40-cap England international.
That follows a report from The Scottish Sun in May which stated Jagielka would not be pursued by Rangers this season.
So will Gerrard regret not making a move for the 36-year-old? He would certainly be an upgrade on McAuley if Rangers’ boss wants experienced centre-half cover.
However, he is likely to be an expensive one and Everton fans will attest to this, Jagielka is well past his brilliant best.
It seems Rangers are not making a move for Jagielka, which might have some fans disappointed. But in the long run, it is probably the better move for the Ibrox club.