With just under a fortnight left in the loan transfer window for this summer, Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack is now being linked with a loan move north of the border to Rangers.
The report seems to have emanated from TeamTalk so you can make of that what you will, but the claim is having looked at paying him off to release his from his contract, we are now instead prepared to kick him out on loan for the remainder of the season but the crux is we’ll have to support that majority of his reported £40,000 a week contract.
Apparently, the payoff is problematic owing to an instalment or two we are yet to owe Fulham, although for myself I’m not sure that would be that problematic as it can’t be the first time a contract has been torn up whilst sums were still owed.
Clearly, he’s not coming back into manager Steve Bruce’s plans after previous fallouts and ‘gate-gate’ so at this stage making a saving on his wage simply ticks the ‘better than nothing’ option with him not coming into game plans.
Reactions amongst Villa fans to the news was mixed.
Fire up the Capri…
— Richard Sumner (@pastiche520) August 20, 2018
Should use him ffs
— JamesAVFC (@JamesAVFC2) August 20, 2018
Annual McCormack to Rangers link
— Boycey (@Boycey1259) August 20, 2018
Does he need a lift? #UTV
— Percy Sparrow (@SparrowPercy) August 20, 2018
Really FFS what a shambles
— bradz11 (@Stephen42044776) August 20, 2018
Reaction amongst Rangers fans themselves was possibly more interesting.
Nah you’re ok. He’s a waster and a Celtic fan. We don’t need him ruining the dressing room harmony. pic.twitter.com/ujHSp3s2pv
— Mark Mitchell (@MarkM1806) August 20, 2018
I’d take Ross McCormack on loan,14 goals in the Australian league isn’t bad, would score a lot up here
— Euan (@_EG72_) August 20, 2018
Imagine the meltdown if we signed a centre half, Lafferty and McCormack ????????
— David Anderson (@estateplonker) August 20, 2018
Where did you see this? If has his head in right place that is an outstanding signing.
— Gregco (@Gregco_) August 20, 2018
Ross McCormack? Eh, naw mate.
— Ninja (@NinjaMan54) August 20, 2018
— Menzies (@menzies999) August 20, 2018
Yeah I can see where that particular player would appeal to Steven Gerrard… What with his work ethic etc…
— James Conway (@jxycon) August 20, 2018
Seems they’re as torn as us on the deal, even if they would be getting him almost on a free.