With a couple of days left until the January transfer window closes, Rangers still have time to strengthen their squad before the deadline.
One player that the reigning Premiership champions could look to bring in before the end of the month is James McAtee, who has been mentioned with a move to Ibrox in recent days.
Having already signed a young, exciting prospect from a top Premier League club in the form of Amad Diallo from Manchester United earlier this week on a loan deal until the end of the season, Rangers now have the chance to pull off a similar sort of transfer swoop, this time with a move for Manchester City’s McAtee.
As a product of City’s youth system, the 19-year-old has scored 42 goals and provided 26 assists in 84 appearances for the club across their senior and youth teams, highlighting how capable he is at scoring and setting up goals.
So far this season, in 15 league appearances for City’s under-23s, the £3.1k-p/w Englishman has racked up an impressive 14 goals and four assists, showing just how much of an attacking threat he can be from the midfield. That is something Diallo has also shown throughout his career so far from the right flank.
Labelled as one of the “exceptional” talents in City’s youth ranks by Pep Guardiola, McAtee could definitely benefit from a potential move to Rangers if he would be guaranteed regular game-time at Ibrox. He isn’t getting that in City’s first team, with just three senior appearances under his belt totalling 45 minutes.
With that in mind, it could definitely be worth Rangers making a late move to sign the teenager before the January transfer deadline hits, either on a loan deal until the end of the season like Diallo, or on a permanent basis if his current club would be willing to part ways with him.
However, with a number of Premier League and Championship sides also apparently interested in signing McAtee, perhaps Manchester City may feel more inclined to loan him out to an English club rather than Rangers, in order to acclimatise him with senior football in his native country rather than in Scotland.