One time wonderkid Ryan Gauld has been told to find a new club this summer, as reported by Portuguese site Record. It is undoubtedly only a matter of time before Rangers find themselves linked with the player.
Gauld was linked with an Ibrox move throughout last season. As reported by TeamTalk, Rangers were keen on the player last summer during Sporting Lisbon’s player exit turmoil.
That deal never happened. Gauld was again linked in January. In fact, Steven Gerrard even addressed the rumours. The Rangers boss, as quoted by The Daily Record, made it clear that Rangers had no interest in bringing Gauld to Ibrox. He stated there was ‘nothing’ in the rumours.
But should they reconsider this summer?
It is easy to answer positively. As reported by the Daily Mail, Gauld left Dundee United for Sporting Lisbon in a £3 million deal back in 2014. It was supposed to be the start of a great career for the youngster being dubbed the ‘Scottish Messi’.
However, he has not proved to be the success many predicted he would be in Portugal.
Loan spells at Vitoria Setubal. Aves and Farense all had mixed success before he eventually joined Neil Lennon’s Hibernian in January. Gauld struggled, with a hamstring injury cutting his season short.
Rangers would certainly not have watched on with green eyes. Gauld appears to be available again this summer but Ibrox is well stocked in his favoured positions with players who have more to offer Gerrard.
It is unlikely the Rangers boss has changed his stance on the 23-year-old former wonderkid. Regrettably, that is the right decision.