Dujon Sterling must demand behind scenes talks with Philippe Clement during international break, Rangers career looks over already
Forgotten Rangers summer signing Dujon Sterling must use the international break to hold showdown talks with Philippe Clement regarding his future at Ibrox.
The former Chelsea youngster arrived on a free transfer in the summer after flourishing on loan at Stoke City last season but has also picked up a number of injuries already.
The 23-year-old has only played twice in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, with his only start coming against Celtic in the first Old Firm Derby of the campaign, where he was deployed by Beale on the left of defence.
A tactical decision which certainly failed miserably.
Sterling was substituted not long after the hour mark in that game as he was one of many Rangers players who struggled against Brendan Rodgers’ side, winning only 44 per cent of his nine ground duels and failing to complete a single one of his three attempted dribbles [Fotmob].
Since that match in early September, Sterling hasn’t played more than three minutes of a game, with his last cameo coming against Livingston in the Viaplay Cup on 27 September.
In fact, he’s been nowhere to be seen at training due to a number of injury issues already since his move and has somewhat fallen through the cracks at Ibrox.
Indeed, Sterling was intentioned by Michael Beale to be the long-term replacement for James Tavernier but the Ibrox fan-favourite is certainly showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, and very rarely gets injured.
Just when Sterling will feature in his preferred position at Ibrox for the first time remains to be seen, and it’s important the former Chelsea uses the international break to ensure he remains committed to Clement’s cause at the club but also gain some assurances over his future.
The Belgian has grown frustrated over the injury issues in recent weeks which doesn’t spell great news for Sterling who has spent more minutes on the Rangers treatment table than he has on the football pitch.
Clement could well have plans to strengthen and improve the squad as a result which could leave Sterling’s future at the club uncertain already if he fails to get fit and firing soon after the international break.
Sterling cannot afford to slip further into obscurity or else the Rangers bosses may ruthlessly feel that they’ll need to cut some major losses in the January window.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has raged about a controversial incident in the Gers’ game against Livingston.