Glasgow Rangers have long been linked with a loan move for James McAtee and it seems as if he could finally be allowed to leave his current club this summer.
Gers were said to be interested in the Manchester City attacking midfielder in January but he opted to stay with Pep Guardiola’s side, and it initially seemed as if he would be staying with the Citizens again this summer.
However, the Athletic’s Manchester City reporter Sam Lee has suggested that, due to the amount of interest being shown in him, he could be sent out on loan for the upcoming season, which opens the door to a potential move to Ibrox, as he has once again been linked with a move north of the border.
Although the 19-year-old has very little experience in senior football, making just six appearances for City’s first team in his career thus far, his form in the Premier League 2 last season suggests he could be a quality addition to Giovanni van Bronckorst’s side.
The forward would contribute a hugely impressive 18 goals and seven assists in just 23 league games for City’s U23s as they won the Premier League 2 title, so he is clearly ready to make the step up into men’s football.
McAtee, who reportedly earns just £3.1k per week at City, is capable of playing in both midfield and attack and could form an exceptional partnership with Rangers’ star attacker Ryan Kent.
Both players are extremely skilful and talented on the ball, with McAtee dubbed the ‘Salford Silva‘ because of his similarities to City legend David Silva.
The prospect of Kent and McAtee linking up at Ibrox, with the former stretching defences with his searing pace and the latter picking up the ball in space and feeding through balls, is surely one Van Bronckhorst would love.
Therefore, now that Rangers have been given the green light to try and loan the exciting youngster, Ross Wilson should do everything he can to bring him in.