Aaron Ramsey will not be ready in time for Rangers’ visit to Celtic in the Old Firm game | Football News
Aaron Ramsey will not feature in Rangers’ squad for the Old Firm game with Celtic, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has confirmed.
Asked ahead of Wednesday’s visit to Celtic Park if Ramsey could feature, the Rangers boss said: “No Aaron will not be in the squad. He’s been out for a couple of weeks, he trained with the squad today, he looks really good, but tomorrow is too soon.”
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Can Ramsey still cut it?
Sky Sports’ Jack Wilkinson:
Ramsey was widely applauded for taking the leap to go and play overseas, and it’s a decision that has almost certainly been vindicated.
Despite not quite hitting the levels he did in his final season at Arsenal, Ramsey’s first two campaigns at Juventus under Maurizio Sarri and then Andrea Pirlo were a success and saw the Welshman win Serie A, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup titles.
Issues have cropped up this season under Massimiliano Allegri, however, mainly in the form of injuries, which have limited him to just three Serie A appearances this season.
In fact, Ramsey has missed 17 games this season, as many as he did in his first two seasons combined at Juventus.
Ramsey will undoubtedly look back at his time at Juventus, the success he’s enjoyed, and the opportunity to experience a new footballing culture, fondly, but for a player aged 31, and with a decent chunk of his career remaining, he cannot be appearing as infrequently as he has.
With Juventus reportedly keen to get Ramsey’s hefty salary off the wage bill, moving on from the club could be one that suits both club and player.
A clearer indication of the prowess Ramsey still possesses, and his possible suitability to Rangers, can be seen upon studying his performances for Wales since he moved to Juventus, rather than his final-season struggles in Turin.
Remarkably, Ramsey has scored more goals for his country, 13, since moving to Juventus than he actually has for Juventus, and that’s despite playing three times the number of Serie A games.
In terms of his name and reputation alone, three-time FA Cup winner Ramsey would definitely sprinkle some stardust on Giovani van Bronckhorst’s squad, who head into 2022 in position to retain the Scottish Premiership title.