Why Rangers should re-sign Sheyi Ojo on loan for next season
As reported by the Daily Record, Sheyi Ojo has bid farewell to the Rangers supporters after the Scottish Premiership season concluded. The winger, who is on loan at the club from English giants Liverpool, will see his temporary deal expire on May 30.
Ojo will be amongst a number of stars leaving the Ibrox at the end of the month. The club has confirmed that Andy Halliday, Wes Foderingham, Jon Flanagan, Jordan Rossiter, Jak Alnwick and Jason Holt will all leave the club. (h/t Daily Record)
It was another disappointing campaign for Rangers. A season that began with great positivity ended with no silverware. The Gers lost out to rivals Celtic in the league cup final at the end of 2019. With the Premiership ending prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic, Steven Gerrard’s men fell short of their rivals in the title race. They have already been eliminated from the Scottish FA Cup.
Given the current state of affairs, it is important that Gerrard strengthen his troops next season. Especially, considering the number of players that are set to be released this month. But with finances likely to be impacted by the coronavirus crisis, Rangers might have to look for loan/ free transfer signings to ensure adequate squad depth.
Rangers re-signing Sheyi Ojo on loan would add depth
Ojo came through the youth ranks at Liverpool. The winger has made 13 first-team appearances for the Reds, scoring one goal and setting up four more. However, he has spent most of his senior career out on loan, having had stints at Wigan Athletic, Wolves, Fulham and Reims, before he signed for the Gers last summer.
Upon arriving at the Ibrox, Ojo started on a strong note. But he was relegated to the bench in the latter stages of the campaign. In all, the 22-year-old featured 36 times in all competitions, producing a decent return of five goals and seven assists.
When compared to the other wingers at Gerrard’s disposal, only Ryan Kent has managed better returns, with eight goals and four assists. Joe Aribo has been one of the Gers’ standout performers but has been used in central midfield more often than on the flanks.
Summer arrivals Jordan Jones and Brandon Barker haven’t made the desired impact. Whereas Jake Hastie has also been hardly used since returning from his loan spell. Ianis Hagi has been impressive since joining on loan in January. And his transfer could be made permanent.
But in order to ensure enough depth, Rangers would stand to benefit from bringing back Ojo on loan for another season.
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The 22-year-old Sheyi Ojo fared decently during his time with Rangers. He would add more depth to the squad at a time when finances are likely to be affected. Hence, they should consider re-signing him on loan next season.