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Two qualities Man City’s 22y/o will bring with him to Rangers

Steven Gerrard has revealed that Man City’s Brandon Barker is undergoing a medical at Rangers and the Football Manc Cave are having a look at what he will bring to the Rangers side.

Apparently, the 22-year-old winger is undergoing a medical and the deal for him is ‘all but done.’ He’s been available on a free transfer and his name has popped up throughout the summer in different transfer gossip. Now we have an idea of where the Man City players future may lie.

If the deal can get done on time, Barker could be in the squad that will face Hibernian this weekend. The winger who has spent all his youth at Manchester City has also been on loan to NAC Breda, Hibernian and Preston. He has been known to suffer from hamstring injuries in the past so if he can stay injury-free, here’s two things he could bring to Rangers…

Experience

Obviously, he’s had a great run of experience with Manchester City, after Pep Guardiola and his coaching team would have put all their players through their paces. He’ll bring that same motivation to Rangers that he would have gained at Man City. As well as the top quality training he would have received there, he would have also gained good game time at NAC Breda and Preston. The biggest part of his career that will help him at Rangers is the fact that he’s already played for Hibernian. This has given him league experience and if he can stay fit, he should be ready for the challenge ahead.

Determination

His young age should see some good years of football out of him in his time at Rangers. If the 22-year-old can get stay on top of his game and away from any injuries that will put him out, he will have the determination to make people take notice of his performance. He should get a proper chance under Steven Gerrard which is something he’s not yet had at Man City.

Barker has been included in England under 18’s, 19’s and ’20s previously and you never know, he may have the determination to play well enough to be considered again for international level. This should see him play at his best.

OPINION: Should Gerrard jump ship at Rangers to join a sinking one at Newcastle Utd

We’ve seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Man United, Frank Lampard to Chelsea. Is it possible to see Steven Gerrard go to Newcastle?

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard gave Rangers FC their best season in recent years after his first full season in charge. The chatter here at the Football Manc Cave is that he is wanted by Mike Ashley, to fill the vacant manager spot at Newcastle United left by his old boss; Rafa Benitez.

With Rangers having resurrected themselves from the financial blows of 2012, the future appears bright for the second best team in Scotland. With Steven Gerrard proving his managerial skills after only one year with the Glasgow club, he has instantly become a favourite at Ibrox Stadium.

Newcastle United are amid pre-season training without a manager following Benitez leaving the club at the end of his contract. Owner Mike Ashley is becoming frustrated with the lack of communication from potential Middle-Eastern buyer Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, at a rumoured £350million.

Fans of The Magpies are refusing to renew their season ticket due to frustration with the running of the club, Mike Ashley has become a villain in his own domain.

Decisions for Gerrard

Gerrard has two options in this scenario. He can continue his success with Rangers, building fantastic relationships with his squad, and push for a goal they are within reach of; challenge and overtake rivals Celtic.

Alternatively, the Liverpool legend could enter a club with an uncertain future, a fight against relegation and little to no backing from the owner.

It may be the case that Gerrard tests his skills in the Premier League once again in the near future. However making a name for himself by being successful at Rangers, who can offer him both domestic and European football, is the way forward for the Liverpudlian.

Oldham Athletic let Rob Hunt go, why was this a bad move

The 23-year-old defender Rob Hunt has left Oldham Athletic to join Swindon Town on a two-year deal.

Oldham fans seem to agree. Rob Hunt was much more impressive during his loan spell there from Brighton, in the second half of the 16/17 season than he was after joining the Latics permanently afterwards.

Under the new management of Laurent Banide, fans should be patient and trusting of the Frenchman to arrange and rearrange his squad according to the setup and culture he wishes to adopt.

However, Rob Hunt and George Edmundson are two youth players who could have evolved into players good enough to help Banide and/or Oldham Athletic get back into League One.

Here are two reasons why letting go of these younger players is harmful to the club…

Free Transfer

Something Banide needs to fix is letting players go for free. At a time where the club is in desperate need of improvement, they need rewards for their departing talent.

Rob Hunt once belonged to Brighton & Hove Albion and has been snapped up by a team who finished one place above them in League 2, Swindon Town. This demonstrates that Hunt is a capable and wanted player, and could’ve fetched a sweeter penny than £0. The positive is that George Edmundson joined Rangers for £700,000, meaning that there are still some funds to improve this squad.

False Economy

Losing a 23-year-old right-back to the team above in the league is something that could be fixed. However, Oldham Athletic have decided to replace him with Zak Mills, a 27-year-old right-back from Morecambe, a team who finished four places behind themselves last season. This is concerning for Oldham fans who may believe that their manager is aiming for a mediocre season in League Two, by sacrificing youth and bringing in older and arguably less useful players.

However, Zak Mills’ contract is only for one year, potentially indicating that Banide wants a stable season whilst he sets his squad up for future improvements.

Oldham Athletic’s Edmundson on the brink of departure to Rangers while Lemsagam receives both plaudits & critics

The saga surrounding the transfer of George Edmundson appears to be nearing its end.

According to reports north of the border, Glasgow Rangers have beaten off competition from Peterborough and Portsmouth to sign the promising young defender.

It brings to an end several weeks of thrust and counter-thrust between Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam and Rangers, who were told the player would cost them far more than they offered.

At one point, Rangers appeared to have lost interest. However, the insistence of AL that he was not going to back down on his valuation assured that Oldham got the fee they asked for.

It was an attitude that has gone done well with some supporters.

Along the way, however, AL has apparently upset the Peterborough Chairman Darragh MacAnthony. He took to Twitter to complain at length over the transfer dealings, despite it being described by many as normal transfer activity.

It seems that AL can successfully upset people away from Boundary Park as well. He may well have gone some way to mending rifts by getting what is a very good price for George.

Some supporters are obviously impressed.

It is always sad to lose a decent player like Edmundson. However, his chances of career success are far better with Rangers than they are with Peterborough, and their petulant Chairman.

Oldham Athletic’s Edmundson Transfer Saga Continues With Rangers FC

Transfer fees received for players who have come up from the Academy ranks are the lifeblood of many smaller clubs. One sale can keep a club afloat for a very long time and, although such deals are generally unliked by supporters it is the harsh reality of lower league football.

Bearing in mind that almost anything Abdallah Lemsagam does at the moment is viewed as wrong. His doubling of the supposed value of George Edmundson to £1 million has raised a few eyebrows, and possibly increased what we might have got for him from Rangers if we had accepted their first offer.

If that works then it must be regarded as good business, whatever your view is of the Oldham owner.

There are a good number of players who would gladly jump at the chance to join the Ibrox club, but those sort of opportunities don’t come along every day and no one can blame George for wanting to further his career. Putting in a transfer request is often the best way to get talks moving but, Latics are right to dig in their heels.

A club with a huge fan base however and income to match, must pay the right price if they want to poach players from the lower divisions and Lemsagam is playing the right game by insisting on a reasonable figure for the highly rated defender.

It would not be the first time that a club has had to dig deep to get their man. Swansea City paid Exeter £2.2m for the services of Matt Grimes in 2015 when he was a League Two player.

It is unlikely that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be persuaded to part with the full asking price for Edmundson. However, a figure nearer £600,000 with add-ons would represent a decent bit of business for Latics and perhaps give out a signal to any potential future coach at Boundary Park, that we might have funds available to build a decent side for next season.

‘So We Can’t Buy Any Players Until Edmundson’s Sold, Fold The Club Now’ Oldham Athletic Fans React!

Oldham Athletic fans learned last week that George Edmundson would love a move up North. He knocked back a new contract offer and put in a transfer request.

The club has since had interest from Wigan Athletic, Hull City and most importantly, Rangers. It has since been reported that Oldham have rejected a second offer from Steven Gerrard’s club. That offer being around £500,000. It seems they want to take as much money for the defender as possible, as losing him would be a big loss for the club, but what do the Oldham fan base think?

There have been mixed reactions amongst Twitter, some thinking the price increase is a clever move, some aren’t so sure. 

One optimistic fan thinks it could be possible.

Another Oldham fan agrees and thinks the transfer fee being increased is promising. However, the negotiations seem to just be rejections at this point.

Another fan trying to see the bright side.

Then we have a couple of fans not seeing the light.

And finally a fan that is in total despair.

Opinions aside, a players future is at stake and he clearly isn’t happy at his current club so let’s hope an offer is accepted soon, but who will it be from? And how much?

Edmundson Gives Rangers the Potential Green Light With Latest Oldham Athletic Rejection

If a book was written detailing the number of times Oldham Athletic have been involved in a bidding war over any of their players, it wouldn’t take up much room on a bookshelf.

At present, however, George Edmundson Latics highly-rated defender is being sought by several clubs with the asking price thought to be around the £400,000 mark.

At the forefront of those clubs is Glasgow Rangers who, it is reported have had a bid for George rejected. Oldham are keen to add to his value and, have offered the player a better contract but his head seems to have been turned by the prospect of playing in the Europa League and the Scottish Premier League.

Apparently, Rangers are not keen on increasing their bid and so the usual game of cat and mouse will take place, with the hope that one of the parties will back down.

For Oldham, having a player who is sought after is something that doesn’t happen that often, and they may be playing a dangerous game with a club who can afford to look elsewhere if needed.

There is also the added worry that all this attention could affect the confidence of Edmundson if he has set his heart on a move to a bigger club. He could well find himself still at Boundary Park at the start of next season if Latics’ asking price becomes a stumbling block.

It is unlikely that Athletic will increase their contract offer to the 21-year-old, given the restrictions the club face with owner Abdallah Lemsagam vowing to run a tight ship.

It only takes an injury in pre-season training to a Rangers defender for them to hurriedly return to the negotiating table but for the promising defender. He will be hoping that he stays on their wanted list for all the right reasons, and starts next season in the blue of Rangers rather than the blue of Oldham.

What Are Plymouth Getting if They Get Their Man Ryan Lowe

Despite the marathon 46 game season done and dusted, Bury just cannot keep themselves out of the headlines.

Following on from Wednesday’s player statement which announced the heroes from promotion would indeed have to find another club in order to be paid, rumours of whether the architect to the Shaker’s success might have to leave the North of England to find paid work.

Having turned his hand to punditry over the past few weeks as part of Sky Sports playoff coverage, the man behind promotion looks more than likely now to replicate his success from this season down south.

The Sun have reported the former striker is heading for the exit door at Gigg Lane. So what exactly will Plymouth be getting if they manage to secure Lowe as a manager?

Goals, Goals, Goals

A league-high of 82 goals were scored during the 2018/19 with leading man Nicky Maynard racking up 20 of them.

Although a fair few were leaked at the other end, 56 the second highest in the top seven behind Newport County, the expansive way of playing earned rave reviews up and down the country.

Articles and reports aplenty were dedicated to Bury and Lowe in particular. Argyle fans will see something rather rare next season at Home Park, football-inspired and complimented than non-other than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp himself.

Ditching of traditions

Despite the EFL not being known for glamour football, Bury certainly booked the trend for long ball football, seen far too much in the lower leagues for Lowe’s liking anyway.

Four at the back was quickly ditched for a more expansive and innovative 3-5-2, with the utilisation of wing-backs Nicky Adams and Callum McFadzean being a key to Bury’s play.

The question to Lowe’s success down South, should he go, of course, may come down to which players he can bring in to be able to re-create his attacking style of play.

The relationship he has with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard could pave the way for fresh attacking talent down south. Jordan Rossiter arrived from Scotland in January and, was by far the most consistent signing steering his loan side to automatic promotion.

Rangers Are in For a Treat With Bury Midfielder Jordan Rossiter Returning After Successful Loan Spell

Jordan Rossiter has always been a player with great ability. A graduate of the Liverpool academy before joining Rangers a few years back, it was clear Bury had landed a promising star when they took the midfielder on in January.

Boss Ryan Lowe couldn’t contain his excitement when the 21-year old put pen to paper on a short term contract. From his early performances for the Shakers, it became clear why Lowe was so elated to bring Rossiter into the club.

Playing in the base of the midfield in behind Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea, the work rate shown by Rossiter hasn’t gone unnoticed. His work rate has been at a level that many midfielders in the modern game just don’t have. Bury fans will certainly be sad to see the Englishmen leave.

Watching on in Scotland, Steven Gerrard will be more than impressed with what he will hear from Lowe when the two managerial allies review Rossiter’s progress. Sent down to Bury for more game time, Rossiter has embraced the challenge. His level is probably better than what he was playing in, however. The workaholic wouldn’t be out of his depth at Sunderland or Portsmouth for example.

An early career dominated by injury, the Rangers boss made it clear the Scouser would need to leave Glasgow if he stood any chance of playing in the Rangers first team one day in the future.

In his final game against Port Vale, Bury’s number 11 scored his first goal and Bury’s 104th of the season.

There was nothing bar positives for Rossiter and Bury in their most recent campaign. He was voted man of the match against Port Vale, this is nothing new. A tidy one-two with Mayor went back to Rossiter whose shot from outside the box dipped under the bar.

A great goal from a player who has a wonderful ability. Rangers take back a player on great form this summer. We now watch to see if he plays for them next season.

Bury Midfield Ace Jordan Rossiter Finally Getting Some Minutes In

For a player who has spent the majority of his early career on the injury table, the past few weeks will have been a blessing for Jordan Rossiter.

Signed on loan from Rangers in January, the 21-year-old has immediately become a hit with the fans playing at the base of the midfield, as Bury chase promotion in League Two.

Manager Ryan Lowe was more than delighted to see Rossiter join his side in January, and the former Liverpool academy star hasn’t disappointed in his early showings for the club.

Now finally fit having suffered more than most over the past few years, the rise to form and fitness can’t come at a better time for Rossiter benefiting both the Shakers and his parent club Rangers

Steven Gerrard is certainly not short of midfield talent at his disposal and despite claims the Scottish League lacks in depth quality, the gulf between the two leagues maybe too big a gap for him, for now anyway.

However, after earning a fair few man of the match displays for Bury in less than ten appearances, Lowe will have nothing but praise to give Gerrard, should the former Liverpool captain ask for a mid-term report on Bury’s number eleven.

Having struggled to ever lay his marker down up north for Rangers, the move south of the border will clearly have down the Liverpool lad no harm at all, especially if his long term goal is to become a regular in Gerrard’s side who will challenge Celtic for the Scottish title no doubt over the upcoming seasons.

Rossiter will no doubt have enjoyed a rare midweek off this week and like his fellow colleagues, glancing through the full time results would have been a joy as Bury’s promotion rivals Mansfield and MK Dons both dropped points on the road.

Both teams now have 65 points and with just 9 games to play, wrestling Bury out of the top three looks a tough ask, especially with Bury still unbeaten in the league since Boxing Day.

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