By Kealan Hughes

16th Jan, 2021 | 2:30pm

Ibrox view: Rangers move for 27y/o free agent could see Gerrard repeat 2019 mistake

Rangers are interested in Sheffield Wednesday’s Adam Reach, who is now eligible to sign a pre-contract deal for a club outside England.

Celtic are also linked with the 27-year-old, who signed for the Owls for £5million in 2016.

The winger is available on a cut-price deal, but Steven Gerrard should learn from a previous mistake and opt against bringing Reach to Ibrox.

In 2019 the Gers boss signed Jordan Jones on a free, but he has gone on to play just 19 times since his arrival.

He has been a big disappointment, with injuries ruling him out for large spells this term and lack of quality meaning he could find it difficult to force his how into Steven Gerrard’s plans.

The same could be said of Reach, who has managed just four goal contributions this term.

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Furthermore, Ryan Kent has made the left-wing position his own over the last two seasons, while Kemar Roofe has done well on the right, scoring 12 and making two in all competitions.

If Reach was to arrive he would likely be back-up and battle for a place along with Ianis Hagi, but considering he may want to earn more than his current weekly wage of £23,000, he could prove a pricey rotation option.

According to WyScout, the wide player has achieved a pass accuracy of just 76%, which is worrying, and an xG of 0.12 suggests he lacks the attacking threat we need.

Regardless of the outcome of the SPFL and Europa League this season, the club must be looking to improve the starting line-up, and it seems unlikely Reach is the right man for that.

To further evidence that point, the winger has just 0.5 key passes this campaign, and may struggle to unlock teams who sit back and defend when they come to Ibrox.

That is the last thing Rangers want, so instead we must look at players with a bit of flair and invention – something neither Reach nor Jones can offer.

In other Rangers news, fans have been expressing their delight over one player’s return to action.