Vital Cardiff City spoke to Glasgow Rangers fan John, following the release by Rangers and subsequent move to Cardiff City of Gavin Rae:
Rae is a tough tackling, box-to-box midfielder and will provide some much needed cover and competition in central midfield for Cardiff City. He can also play on the right, but is less effective there.
We asked John about the persistent injury problems that have blighted Rae’s career to date and limited his impact at Rangers:
‘You shouldn’t be too worried about injuries at this moment in time, but having said that – He did spend a couple of seasons out for Rangers with knee ligaments damage, but he got through the whole of last season with no problems so should be fine.’
One thing missing for Cardiff last season were goals from midfield. Scimeca got 5 (all early in season) while McPhail got none! Could Rae provide some added striking power?
‘He is not the type of player who is going to bag you 10-15 goals per season, but when he does score, his goals are always crackers from outside the box.’
Rae didnt feature too much for Rangers, he did attract interest though from Hearts and Norwich City in particular. So why the low-key departure?
‘He left Rangers because his contract was up and he was surplus to requirements.
That isn’t to say he wasn’t a good player, he just found it difficult to hold down a starting place after he was out injured so long.’
He sounds like a fans’ favourite midfield general full of running and committment (Willie Boland and Paul Ramsey spring to mind!) – are the fans disappointed to lose him for nothing?
‘I’m not sorry to see him go, although I do feel sorry for him that he didn’t make more of an impact at Rangers. I feel that if it wasn’t for the injury, he would have gone on to better things. He was a Scottish International already when Rangers signed him from Dundee.’
Cardiff City desperately needed a player in that position and Rae adds options and definite pedigree to the midfield. He could become a great signing if he can break into the first team and remain injury free, it sounds like he had little chance to make an impact in Glasgow and should relish the chance to re-ignite his career in South Wales.
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