'Perfect' - Barnes claims player reportedly wanted by Rangers could stop Celtic 10-in-a-row
John Barnes has urged Rangers to sign Jack Wilshere as he believes the English midfielder can help the Gers stop Celtic winning their tenth title in a row.
Earlier this week, Italian journalist Nicolo Schira reported that the Gers were in ‘advanced talks’ with Wilshere after the 28-year-old had his contract terminated at West Ham on October 5, and Barnes believes it would be a good move.
The former Celtic manager, speaking to Bonuscodebets, said that Rangers is ‘the perfect club’ for the ex-Arsenal man and praised Wilshere’s hunger and creativity.
He said, “I believe Wilshere would be a great signing for Rangers – it really could be the perfect club for him.
“He’s had a number of injuries throughout his career, but at Rangers he’d have an understanding manager in Steven – someone he knows personally, who’d allow him to stay fit and, most importantly, to play.
“Jack would bring a lot to the table – he’s creative in his play and he’s hungry. He really wants to get back out there and has a lot to give. Perhaps someone like Wilshere could help Rangers prevent Celtic from getting their 10-in-a-row.”
Rangers have the chance to assert their dominance in the title race when they take on Celtic in the first Old Firm game of the season after the international break.
The Gers currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership table but Celtic could overtake them if they win their game in hand. The Hoops are looking to make it ten title wins in a row this season and Rangers will be hell-bent on stopping that from happening.
October’s Old Firm game could have a huge impact on the rest of the campaign, even though it is still early in the season. Should Celtic win and also win their game in hand, they would be five points clear of the Gers. This isn’t an unassailable lead by any stretch, but it takes the title out of the hands of Rangers.
It is unlikely that, should Wilshere arrive at Ibrox, he would play any part in the historic match, but he would certainly be able to contribute to the side when he has achieved full fitness.