In the summer of 2012, he took the high road – deciding to stay with the club he loved & help lead their fight back to the top of Scottish football.
Last season, he dominated in the Third Division striking for 25 goals.
This season, he was brushed aside – replaced by Jon Daly, Nicky Clark, & a constant underlying desire to bring back 34 year old Kenny Miller.
Professional sports can be so cruel.
Andy Little has played his last match for Rangers & has been told that the club will make no efforts to re-sign the 24 year old forward.
Injuries crippled any momentum that Little could churn up this season. Twice being forced out of action with long term ailments.
Little made 21 league appearances this season but saw his goal tally dwindle to five. Much of that was a result of being crow-barred into the lineup as a right midfielder on most occasions.
It had become clear that Ally McCoist did not see Little as the answer up front. It wasn’t so much the signings of Daly & Clark – it was more McCoist’s public courting of Kenny Miller. McCoist has made no efforts to be discreet in his desire to bring Miller back to Ibrox & has been freely proclaiming this since last summer. Once Miller’s contract was terminated by Vancouver, the writing was on the wall that Little’s days with Rangers had come to an end. Two days later – it’s official.
STV is also reporting that defenders Chris Hegarty & Ross Perry have been told by Rangers that they are not part of the club’s future plans & are being urged to look for new employment next season.
Hegarty, who turns 22 this summer, made only one league appearance this season – scoring a goal vs. Brechin City in his lone outing. Like Little, injuries derailed Hegarty’s chances in 2013-14. Speaking of injuries – Ross Perry never fully recovered from his & failed to feature for Rangers at all this season.
Both players have contracts that run through the end of next season, so it will be interesting how they approach the news that they are no longer wanted by the club.