Stephen O'Donnell surprised Rangers didn't sign Greg Stewart in January

Stephen O'Donnell of Kilmarnock looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Hamilton at Rugby Park on October 27, 2018 in Kilmarnock, United Kingdom.

Rangers should have signed Greg Stewart in January, according to Stephen O'Donnell.

Callum McGregor of Celtic and Greg Stewart of Aberdeen battle for possession during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 13, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Scotland international Stephen O'Donnell has told BBC's Sportsound that he was surprised Rangers didn't make a move for Greg Stewart in January.

Stewart, 28, spent the first half of the season out on loan at Kilmarnock, having been frozen out at Birmingham City after a disappointing stint at Aberdeen.

The forward starred at Kilmarnock though, hitting eight goals in 16 games to rapidly become a hero at Rugby Park before being surprisingly recalled by Birmingham.

 

Fans were left baffled; was he back in the plans at Birmingham? Some wondered whether he would be heading back to the club he started his career with as a kid, Rangers.

Yet instead, Stewart made a curious move back to Aberdeen, and his second stint at Pittodrie is going pretty much in the same way as his first.

Stewart has scored just once in 13 games for Aberdeen since his January move, and that came in a cup tie with lowly Stenhousemuir.

Despite that, Scotland international and Kilmarnock defender O'Donnell has admitted that he thought the 'quality' Stewart would have been a 'brilliant' signing for Rangers in January.

15th December 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Dundee; Greg Stewart of Kilmarnock scores for 3-0 in the 79th minute

Stewart was released by Rangers at the age of just 13 but remains a Gers fans to this day, and O'Donnell thinks the Gers should have taken a gamble on him in a bid to add more creativity around Alfredo Morelos.

“In January, Greg Stewart was with us. There was talk of him leaving and all sorts of speculation and rumours,” said O'Donnell. “Rangers was the one everybody thought he would fit in because he’s a 10, they play a three with one in the middle and Morelos up top, I felt he would have done a brilliant job. I know maybe he hasn’t done as well as he did in the first-half of the season, but he is a player with real quality.”

“And I thought why not take a gamble on him? You’re getting good value on him and he has the quality. In our games a lot of the time it was getting to Greg Stewart and then you can make the runs off him, and he has the quality and the ability to keep a hold of the ball and play it at the right time and I thought he would have been a nice cheap option for them. They obviously didn’t go for it, and that’s why I’m not the head scout,” he added.

Stephen O'Donnell of Kilmarnock looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Hamilton at Rugby Park on October 27, 2018 in Kilmarnock, United Kingdom.

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