Glasgow Rangers are enjoying an electric start to their Scottish Premiership season and their latest win at home to Hibernian has underlined their credentials as genuine title contenders. Steven Gerrard’s side currently boast an impressive record of 18 wins, two draws and no losses in the league with a healthy 14-point lead over their arch-rivals Celtic at the top of the table.
The Ibrox boss could be about to get his hands on his first piece of major silverware as a manager if Rangers can maintain their current run of form but that doesn’t mean that they should rest on their laurels if the chance arises in January to make further additions to the squad.
Reports in recent times – first from The Sun, then followed by a report from The Daily Record – revealed Rangers are keeping a close eye on Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean ahead of the winter transfer window. McLean, 28, has already played for Aberdeen and St Mirren and a return to the Scottish Premiership could be on the cards if the price is right.
It’s been claimed that Rangers chief Ross Wilson may offer a deal paid over a period of time or a loan with the option to buy in the summer. But the Ibrox bosses must do everything in their power to prise him away from Carrow Road.
After recovering from a knee injury, McLean returned to action at the start of the month, picking up his first assist of the season in the 2-0 victory over Championship rivals Cardiff City.
The 28-year-old, who has scored five goals and supplied nine assists for the Canaries across all competitions, contributed to 43 goals in total during his time at Aberdeen, via Transfermarkt. His decent return, coupled with his ability to play in any position in the midfield, could make him a valuable asset for Gerrard.
“He can play nearly each and every position in midfield – as a number ten, a number eight, a number six or as a winger who comes inside.
“He gives us various options, and is full of technical ability. He had a high passing quality and is able to score and assist.”
This is exactly the sort of player who would work well in co-operation with fellow workhorses Scott Arfield and Glen Kamara in the Gers engine room and to be able to sign someone of his obvious quality would absolutely be a shrewd bit of business.