Promising addition on the cards for Rangers
Rangers are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Chelsea’s promising right back Dujon Sterling, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 23-year-old defender has impressed during a season-long loan at Stoke City, notching up 28 appearances in the EFL Championship.
Sterling would be an astute signing for the Gers. Despite his tender age, the fullback has gained valuable experience playing for lower league sides like Coventry City, Blackpool and Wigan Athletic.
He’s a player with huge potential who could be developed further at Ibrox under manager Michael Beale’s guidance.
However, Sterling is unlikely to move north of the border to warm the bench. Given his regular game time at Stoke this season, he will surely expect to cement a starting berth at Rangers.
This could mean the departure of young Adam Devine on loan and may have implications for club captain James Tavernier.
The 31-year-old Tavernier has been a remarkable servant for Rangers over the years, but his playing time could take a major hit if Sterling comes on board.
Sterling signing spells trouble for Tavernier?
Would Beale prefer to groom a new signing over relying on an aging veteran player whose powers seem to be on the wane?
Moreover, while Tavernier’s goalscoring record has been exemplary, he has failed to deliver during crunch moments.
Sterling’s prospective transfer to Ibrox and its ramifications for Tavernier’s future will undoubtedly be a compelling situation worth monitoring closely.
The young Chelsea defender’s arrival could herald changing of the guard at right back and the gradual phasing out of a long-serving Rangers player who has given his all for the club.