Ravel Morrison has been linked with a shock move to Rangers this week after following the club’s official Instagram page, as well as a host of the Ibrox side’s players, and we reckon it could work out to be an excellent move for all involved.
The former England Under-21 international was once heralded as one of the most exciting young players in British football, but his career has taken a few unexpected turns over the last few years.
Even so, here’s five reasons why we think signing the 25-year-old could turn out to be a masterstroke by Steven Gerrard and his team…
Morrison was once referred to by Sir Alex Ferguson as possessing ‘as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed’, and he shown glimpses of his brilliance in both the Premier League and English Championship.
While consistency has always been a problem, fans of Birmingham City and West Ham will be the first to tell you just how talented Morrison can be if he gets his head right.
The Stevie G Factor
As an English central midfielder, Morrison probably grew up idolising Steven Gerrard, and if anybody’s going to get the best out of the enigmatic play-maker, it’s likely to be Stevie G.
Just think of the tips, advice and wisdom Gerrard could hand down to Morrison, and the Gers boss doesn’t exactly strike us as someone you’d want to let down at the best of times, never mind if he was once your hero.
Experience Beyond His Years
Morrison is unlikely to need much time to bed into the Scottish Premiership, given the amount of different countries he’s played in over the last few seasons.
Despite being in his mid-twenties, Morrison has already played top-flight football in England, Italy and Mexico, as well as several stints in the English Championship.
A player with undoubted quality who could potentially hit the ground running? That might appeal to the Rangers hierarchy.
Time on His Side
He might be a synonym for wasted talent or unfulfilled potential, but Ravel Morrison still has time on his side and plenty of opportunities to make the most of his career.
At 25, perhaps the penny could be about to drop in Glasgow.
Morrison is technically still on the books at Italian giants Lazio, but spent last season on-loan with Mexican club Atlas, and it’s thought it wouldn’t cost a King’s Ransom to prize him away from Rome.
His contract is up at the end of the current Serie A season, and a minimal fee might be all that’s required to make Lazio do business, given Morrison has made just four league appearances in three years for the club.
What do you think of our list, and do you think Morrison could be a hit in Scottish football?