Neil Warnock made it very clear what he thought of Declan John when he took over at Cardiff City in October of last year.
The Welshman had enjoyed a bright start to the campaign under Paul Trollope, but it’s fair to say he wasn’t an important part of the first-team under his veteran successor. John only featured seven times in the Championship from October to May and, with just a year remaining on his contract, it was no surprise that he jumped at the chance of a fresh start elsewhere.
And it’s fair to say John could hardly have made a more promising start to life at Rangers. The 22-year-old arrived at Ibrox on a season-long loan knowing that, if he impresses north of the border, there is a real possibility of a long-term contract at the Glasgow giants.
After impressing when replacing the injured Lee Wallace in the recent 2-2 league draw with Partick Thistle, John has gone from strength to strength in Rangers’ colours. Two well-taken goals from left-back in the 4-1 comeback win against Hamilton on Saturday were the perfect indication of the two-time international’s capabilities in the final third.
And, with Wallace out for two months with a groin injury, John has the ideal opportunity to nail down a place in Rangers’ starting XI for the foreseeable future.
While parent club Cardiff City aren’t exactly struggling at the moment - sitting a point clear of Wolves at the top of the table despite drawing 0-0 at home to Derby County on Saturday - John appears to be proving a rather emphatic point to Warnock – especially with starting left-back Joe Bennett’s form fluctuating on a weekly basis.
It’s not to say Warnock will be tearing his hair out after letting John go, but the in-form youngster could have come in handy for a side who suddenly appear to have a genuine chance at promotion.