After being charged for assaulting his girlfriend, Liverpool released Jon Flanagan upon the expiry of his contract and Gary McAllister believes he deserves a second chance.

At the beginning of the year, Jon Flanagan admitted in court that he kicked his girlfriend several times on a drunken night out, prompting Liverpool fans to urge the club to act swiftly and terminate his contract.

While Liverpool did not sack the 25-year-old, they did not renew his contract and he has since left the club.

Recent reports indicate that the Scouser will join Steven Gerrard at Rangers and is being offered a shot at redemption after tarnishing his reputation in England.

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Former Liverpool man Gary McAllister said that although he doesn’t condone his actions, he does believe Flanagan deserves a second chance in football.


“It was unacceptable, most definitely,” he said. “I have a little bit of an in because I worked at Liverpool but it was unacceptable and a really poor decision that he made in that episode.

“But, he deserves a second chance. He showed remorse, he put his hand up and has taken his punishment. He wants to get on with his life and his football life.

“The club is in talks and we are in the medical stages at the moment and that is going to be in-depth because Jon Flanagan has had problems in the past with parts of his body.

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“It is deep and thorough and that is where it’s at. He has been unlucky with injuries. It looked as though he was going to go and jump ahead and flourish but he has been hampered by injuries, hence the medical.”

Personally, I wish that he had been sacked with Liverpool and, by association, I believe that Flanagan was a stain on the club. Assaulting a woman is unacceptable and truly speaks to a person’s character.

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