By Jason Jones

25th Feb, 2020 | 4:16pm

'Champing at the bit' - PL midfielder claims he had 'heart set' on Rangers switch

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has revealed that he had his “heart set” on a move to Rangers prior to getting his first team breakthrough on Tyneside. 

The 22-year-old was a January target for Steven Gerrard last year, having previously played for Kilmarnock during the 2016/17 campaign.

But the youngster was then given a chance with his boyhood club, and has been a key member of the Magpies’ squad ever since.

 

Despite that, however, he has admitted that he would have loved to have made the switch to Ibrox on loan.

Speaking to NUFC TV, he said: “To be honest, I had been training since the start of the year and I was just champing at the bit, really, to play.

“Rafa took me into his office and I remember he said that Gerrard wanted to take me to Rangers and I sort of had my heart set on that a little bit.

“I was like ‘I want to go! I want to go!’ but he went ‘no, you can’t go, you’ve got to wait another week or so’.

“Then he just pulled me in before Chelsea and said ‘you’re going to get a chance’.”

How good would this deal have been for the Gers?

There’s no getting away from the fact that Longstaff has been something of a revelation since making his breakthrough for the Toon Army.

The midfielder has established himself as a firm favourite on Tyneside, and there is a reason why he has been linked with illustrious moves to the likes of Manchester United in the past, as per Sky Sports.

And his form has continued into this season too, by and large.

Longstaff’s pass completion is just shy of 80% and he completes just under 66 successful actions every single match, as per Wyscout.

Would it have been a good deal to bring him to Ibrox?

Absolutely, yes.

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