Steven Gerrard and Rangers got themselves a vital win against Celtic last weekend but they must hope that the Bhoys don’t land Sheffield United striker, Billy Sharp.
The Blades skipper has been linked with a move to Parkhead in recent days. The Guardian reports that Neil Lennon is keen on bringing Sharp to Scotland. It’s a move that could well make sense, given Sharp’s lack of minutes for United at the moment.
Rangers’ win last week saw the gap at the top of the Scottish Premier League narrowed to just two points. However, Steven Gerrard’s men have a game in hand, meaning the title race is well and truly alive in Scotland.
But with Celtic looking to bring in Sharp, could it give them the edge over Rangers? We think it can, with Sharp’s record speaking for itself.
Billy Sharp scores goals
It’s a saying that’s well-known around Sheffield. The born and bred Blade simply knows where the back of the net is. He has done it his entire career and has been integral in the last few years in firing Sheffield United back to the top-flight.
Sharp has scored 67 league goals over the last three and a half seasons. He scored 30 in League One, before hitting 13 and then 23 in the Blades’ two seasons in the Championship. He’s also got one this season, a crowning moment for Sharp as he bundled in an equaliser on opening day at Bournemouth.
Players have made a habit of heading to Scotland late in their careers and adding to their goal tallies. Indeed, current Rangers striker, Jermain Defoe, is a prime example of this.
There’s little doubt, then, that in a team that creates chance after chance on a weekly basis, Sharp would thrive.
Nothing to prove
But Sharp doesn’t have to prove anything. Especially not to the Sheffield United fans. Most of them are happy to see Sharp contributing when he can and keeping things ticking over in the squad.
The only person he might want to prove something too is himself. Can he go and join one of the biggest names in club football and handle the pressure? It’s a question only Sharp himself can answer or make a decision on.
One thing is for certain, though, and that’s that Steven Gerrard and Rangers better hope Billy Sharp opts to reject any Celtic advance.
Otherwise, their title hopes might just slip away once more.