Rangers ended Hearts’ unbeaten start to the season yesterday afternoon with a convincing 3-1 win at Ibrox. It was a much-needed win for Steven Gerrard’s men on the domestic scene. It also came after the Glasgow club picked up a win in the Europa League during the week, defeating Rapid Vienna.
There were some excellent performances from Gerrard’s men at the weekend and in midweek. However, one who has certainly caught the attention of the Rangers fans is full-back Jon Flanagan.
The 25-year-old, a former team-mate of Gerrard’s at Liverpool, was snapped up on a free transfer in the summer. The one-cap England international was once considered one of the best full-backs in the nation.
However, signing him was a massive gamble from Rangers. The talented defender’s career has been massively hampered by injury trouble. He spent 619 days on the sidelines after corrective surgery on his left knee in September 2014.
There were also off-field problems, which made Rangers’ decision to bring him in a roll of the dice.
But Gerrard knew the player and obviously felt it was worth the risk.
His tough-tackling approach has quickly won over the Rangers fans. With Borna Barisic struggling to find consistency in Glasgow, it could be Flanagan is set for a spell in the first-team.
If he continues to play like he has this week, then Rangers fans will hope he retains his place after the international break.