Alan Stubbs has offered his thoughts on Rangers summer signing Ovie Ejaria ending his loan spell early.

Alan Stubbs believes Ovie Ejaria’s decision to terminate his loan spell at Rangers early is a ‘slap in the face’ of manager Steven Gerrard. 

As reported by Sky Sports, the 21-year-old Liverpool loanee ended his season-long loan at Ibrox, with Gerrard stating that the club’s summer signing was ‘unsettled’ in Glasgow. 

London-born Ejaria featured regularly under Gerrard’s stewardship, playing 28 games in all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying one assist. 

But former Everton man Stubbs was left unimpressed with Ejaria’s decision to return to Anfield as he stated that Gerrard will be ‘let down’ by the Liverpool player.  

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“I think it is a bit of a slap in the face for Steven an all” Stubbs told BT Sport as posted on their official Periscope account. “Steven has brought him and he’s let him down by wanting to go back. It seems a really odd one, to be honest.”

Prior to joining Rangers, Ejaria spent five months on loan at then-Championship side Sunderland before their relegation to the third tier of English football. 

Ejaria’s absence at Rangers will now leave a big hole in the middle of the park for Gerrard’s side as they aim to win the Scottish Premiership title. 

The Gers were held to a goalless draw at Hibernian on Wednesday night, with leaders Celtic reclaiming top spot after their impressive 3-0 win over Motherwell. 

Rangers will now prepare for three games in nine days, starting with a trip to St Johnstone on Sunday and ending the year with a home clash against Old Firm rivals Celtic. 

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