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Steven Gerrard’s roll of the dice on Jon Flanagan is paying off for Rangers


Steven Gerrard’s roll of the dice on Jon Flanagan is paying off for Rangers

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard gambled by bringing his old pal to Ibrox this summer.

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.

Liverpool’s English midfielder Steven Gerrard (L) embraces Liverpool’s English defender Jon Flanagan (R) after Liverpool’s victory in the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on March 30, 2014. Liverpool won 4-0. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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