By Joe Ellis

11th Feb, 2022 | 8:40am

Rangers 'have priority' over Aaron Ramsey permanent deal - Fabrizio Romano

Rangers’ newest addition Aaron Ramsey is yet to make his first start for the club having joined on loan from Juventus but his stay in Scotland could go on longer.

According to Fabrizio Romano, speaking to Football Scotland, the Light Blues will have priority over signing the Welshman on a permanent deal in the summer.

The 31-year-old was also the subject of interest from several Premier League clubs, but none of those attracted him as Rangers did.

“There were many opportunities in the Premier League but the player was not attracted, Rangers was a super and fascinating opportunity for the player so Juventus were open because he’s been very unlucky there with injuries and other problems,” Romano said.

“He was never performing at his famous level there so Rangers were really fast, really smart to jump at the opportunity for the loan.

“They’ll have the priority in the summer to make it permanent but it’s too early now to say whether it’ll happen or not.

“They’re for sure happy to have a player like Aaron Ramsey in their team.”

Huge coup

The loan signing of Ramsey was enough on its own to show the Scottish Premiership that the Gers were not going to mess around.

If they manage to pull off a permanent deal for the Welsh international, it may well be one of the biggest deals in the nation’s history.

Better players may have trodden the turf at Ibrox and in Scotland itself but the league has been in decline over the last decade, with the exception of the previous two years when Rangers and Celtic reinvigorated their title rivalry.

Ramsey’s stature in the game far usurps any other player in the league and bringing him in permanently would be a huge coup.

It would also require a big wage drop for the 31-year-old but having rejected Premier League moves, money might not be the be-all and end-all for Ramsey.

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