A blogger who runs Inside the SPFL has floated a rumor on Twitter that Rangers midfielder Dean Shiels has been told that he is free to find a new club in the January transfer window & that the club will pay a portion of his wages in order to expedite the process.
No sources are cited & it is most likely a case of educated speculation rather then actual insight from insiders from the club. However, the talk of Shiels leaving the club has been prevalent since the summer & if it weren’t for a bad spell of injuries the rumors may have become actuality this summer.
Given the uncontrollable gossip that surrounds any transfer window, the next logical direction the talk went was to a possibility of Shiels joining his father, Kenny Shiels, who is now in charge at Morton.
Dean Shiels could very likely garner interest from the Scottish Premiership & Championship however you wonder if Shiels may be reluctant to leave given that he is signed through 2016 & may want collect his pay check while continuing the quest to find his way back into the club’s first team picture again.
Loyalty vs. Reality
Do Rangers have an obligation to be loyal to a player like Shiels, who joined the club during their darkest hour & was a key component in leading the club during their season at the bottom of Scottish football. While his play was inconsistent (like the vast majority of the club in 2012-13) he did show the signs of a player who could be invaluable in Rangers journey back to the top of Scottish football. The skills are there, even though his reputation was severely damaged by his disappearing acts in the biggest matches last season.
Of course, the reality is that Rangers likely need to dump salary & Shiels has been among the primary names brought up as a player that the club cannot afford to keep on the books.
No matter what – it likely will be a scintillating month for Rangers as players like Shiels, Lee Wallace, David Templeton, Steven Smith, Richard Foster, Kyle McAusland, Barrie MacKay, & Emilson Cribari are all players who have been linked to a potential departure from the club.