Rangers could be dodging expensive mistake, Blackburn reportedly agree Stewart Downing deal

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers are reportedly keen on Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing but it seems that he's agreed a move to Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers instead.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers have a decision to make and fast.

Stewart Downing is up for grabs with his Middlesbrough contract expiring at the end of this month and the veteran winger is catching the eye of a few clubs on either side of the border, even if he does turn 35 in July.

The Teesside Gazette claimed that a reunion with former Liverpool and England team-mate Steven Gerrard was on the cards with Rangers interested in signing the wide man on a free transfer.

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But time is ticking away.

 

According to the Gazette, Downing has now agreed to join Blackburn Rovers instead after holding a second round of talks with Ewood Park boss Tony Mowbray, himself a bonafide Boro legend.

So Rangers are up against it if they are keen to sign the former Aston Villa and West Ham left-sider. But do they really need another winger? On reflection, there a few positions that The Gers need to strengthen but the wing probably isn’t one of them.

Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing (19) crosses the ball in to the box during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park, Birmingham on...

Yes, Rangers have lost Ryan Kent but they have already snapped up Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones, two of the Scottish Premiership’s most exciting and explosive talents. Sheyi Ojo also joined on loan from Liverpool this week.

And with Rangers looking to the future at the moment with promising young starlets, the prospect of signing a soon-to-be 35-year-old on large wages throws up rather uncomfortable comparisons with the dark days of Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Philippe Senderos.

Should Rangers step up their pursuit of Downing? In truth, he's probably one to let go elsewhere.

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Middlesbrough at KCOM Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Hull, England.

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