Rangers eyeing move for former Everton star Leon Osman

As reported in an exclusive by The Scottish Sun, Mark Warburton’s Rangers are looking at former Everton midfielder Leon Osman as a potential signing this January.

What’s the story?

Rangers have established themselves in second place in the Scottish Premiership, but need squad improvements to consolidate that position. Aberdeen and Hearts won’t relinquish second spot without a significant fight and both are in a position to strengthen themselves in the January window.

The Scottish Sun report Mark Warburton may have found one man that can help, ex-Everton veteran Leon Osman, currently a free agent after leaving Everton in the summer.

He’s not the only target either according to the paper with Conor Hourihane of Barnsley, Jota of Brentford and Sergi Canos of Norwich City also attracting interest from Ibrox.

Leon Osman

Can Osman still do a job?

At 35 years old and an absence from football for 6 months now, there’s no doubt that Osman would need to work hard to get up to speed with life in the Scottish Premiership. It’s a league tougher than many think and it could prove difficult for him to fit in mid-season.

That said, Osman was an effective operator at the highest level for over 10 years and that’s experience likely to be beneficial to Warburton and some of his younger players at the club.

With the injury to Niko Krancjar and the debacle surrounding Joey Barton, Warburton has been left without an experienced hand in the Rangers midfield after committing his budget to those players in the summer.

If Warburton can bring Osman’s fitness up to standard then there’s every chance he can have a positive impact at Ibrox.