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’.
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.
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?
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