Scotland international Stephen O’Donnell has revealed that he is surprised that Glasgow Rangers did not make a move for Birmingham City star Greg Stewart during the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old appears to have been frozen out of the Blues first-team and endured an impressive loan spell with Kilmarnock during the first-half of the campaign.

Stewart went on to play 16 Scottish Premiership games for them, scoring eight goals. He was rather surprisingly recalled by Birmingham in January and sent on loan to Aberdeen with whom he endured a frustrating loan spell last season.

Stewart spent last term on loan with The Dons and went on to score just four goals in all competitions from 38 games. Since arriving back at Pittodrie, his confidence appears to have once again gone down. He has so far managed just one goal for the club from 12 appearances in all competitions.

O’Donnell, who plies his trade for Kilmarnock as well as the Scotland national team, believes that Stewart could have been a quality addition to the Rangers side during the January transfer window.

Stewart was on the books of Rangers as a youth player but ended up being released at the tender age of 13.

He is now at the peak of his career and quality player in the right environment so Steven Gerrard’s side must seriously consider making a move for him during the summer transfer window.

It is clear that the Gers need to add new talent to their side this summer if they want to finally win back the Premiership title from Celtic.

“In January, Greg Stewart was with us. There was talk of him leaving and all sorts of speculation and rumours,” said O’Donnell to BBC’s Sportsound.

“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.”


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