Blackburn Rovers have managed to make a relatively encouraging start to the 2021/22 campaign under the guidance of manager Tony Mowbray.
Currently eighth in the Championship standings, Rovers will be looking to push on when they make their return to league action after the international break.
Blackburn are facing a dilemma regarding the future of one of their key players as Joe Rothwell has recently been linked with a move to Rangers.
Here, we take a look at the midfielder’s potential next steps.
Will he join Rangers or stay at Blackburn?
Making the switch to Ibrox
A report from The Sun earlier this month revealed that Rangers were leading the race for Rothwell’s signature.
Whilst English sides can sign the midfielder on a pre-contract in January, the reigning Scottish Premiership champions are believed to be keen to seal a deal by submitting a bid for him.
Whereas a move to a side who could provide him with the opportunity of playing European football may be tempting for Rothwell, he will need to be given assurances regarding game-time before committing to this switch.
When you consider that Rangers are able to call upon the services of John Lundstram, Glen Kamara and Steven Davies, Rothwell may find it difficult to overtake this particular trio in the pecking order at Ibrox.
The presence of Steven Gerrard could prove to be a decisive factor as the 26-year-old could make considerable strides in terms of his development by learning from an individual who achieved a great deal of success during his playing career as a midfielder for Liverpool.
Staying at Ewood Park
Whilst Blackburn may be tempted to cash in on Rothwell in January due to the fact that his contract expires next summer, they will be hoping to convince him to stay at Ewood Park by getting him to sign a new deal.
The midfielder has reportedly been offered a long-term contract by Rovers but has yet to decide whether to commit his future to the club.
With Blackburn looking to push on in the Championship, there is no reason why Rothwell cannot play a key role in spearheading a bid for promotion if he opts against sealing a move to Rangers.
If Blackburn finally achieve their long-term goal of securing a return to the Premier League in the not too distant future, Rothwell will be given the opportunity to test himself against some of the world’s best players.