Is Greg Stewart already slipping out of Rangers' plans?

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Greg Stewart has played just 14 minutes in the Scottish Premiership since joining Steven Gerrard's Rangers from Birmingham City.

Greg Stewart of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Greg Stewart surely never expected to force Alfredo Morelos or Jermain Defoe out of the starting XI when he ended his Birmingham City nightmare with a summer move to Rangers.

But a player who shone on loan at Kilmarnock in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign probably hoped to play more than 16 minutes of football in Rangers’ first two games of the new Scottish Premiership campaign.

 

An elusive centre-forward reminiscent of a peak-era Steven Naismith, Stewart’s subtle skills are in stark contrast with the evergreen athleticism of Jermain Defoe and the sheer brute force of a Colombian international known as ‘The Buffalo’.

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But, just six games into his Rangers career, doubts are starting to emerge about whether the 29-year-old fits into Steven Gerrard’s high-octane style.

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on August 04, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Stewart was given a rare start in a 3-0 League Cup win away at East Fife which was far more tedious than the scoreline suggests. He struggled to influence the game against third-tier opposition with Gerrard eventually replacing him with the blunt speed of Brandon Barker.

The fact that Stewart started at Bayview, alongside fellow bench-warmers Greg Docherty, Matt Polster and Wes Foderingham, already reflects his bit-part status in a talented Rangers squad.

With a make-or-break Europa League play-off against Legia Warsaw coming up and an Old Firm derby against Celtic on the horizon, has Stewart already been consigned to a place on the outside looking in?

Greg Stewart of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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