The Scotsman, who arrived from Ross County midway through last season, has emerged as a talismanic figure at The Stadium of Light this season, adding real quality and physicality to the Black Cats’ frontline.
Assessing Rangers as a possible destination for the exciting forward, journalist Pete O’Rourke said: “Rangers we’ve seen have had such a great run in the Europa League as well this season, that’s going to be a big attraction to players as well.
“If Rangers are playing Europe next season, which they will be, whether that’s Champions League or Europa League, they’ve always got that to offer.
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“And, they’re a huge club, So I think Sunderland, if they don’t go up, they could find it hard to keep hold of Stewart.
European football is a big attraction throughout the footballing world, with the draw of playing in European competitions an incentive for players already in the Premier League.
So, for there to be a possibility that a League One player could be playing in the Europa League, or even the Champions League, is something that will certainly be at least considered.
If promotion cannot be achieved this season, then Sunderland’s chances of keeping Stewart will diminish massively.
However, promotion to the Championship could play a massive role in Stewart remaining in Wearside, especially with Sunderland likely to be ambitious in the higher division too.