Rangers fans joke that latest link has all the hallmarks of new Ibrox signing
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Rangers fans joke that latest link has all the hallmarks of new Ibrox signing

Rangers have been linked with a move for Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean – and the Scotland international bears the hallmarks of a new Ibrox signing for all the wrong reasons.

The Gers have been linked with a pre-contract move for the 30-year-old bluenose who is out of contract at Carrow Road come the end of the season.

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That’s according to the Scottish Daily Express, who claim that Kenny McLean could also join in January but that Rangers would need to pay a fee as the midfielder helps Norwich’s promotion push.

Ex-St Mirren and Aberdeen star McLean – who has 28 caps for Scotland – has made 20 appearances for the 5th placed Canaries this season as they look to return to the Premier League.

But this availability has not always been the case for the midfielder who has seen periods of his career plagued by knee injuries.

Kenny McLean injury history has Rangers fans worried

Kenny McLean missed three months last season due to a knee issue and during his time at St Mirren twice required knee surgery due to recurring problems.

Rangers’ first-team squad is currently decimated by injury, something which has had a massive impact on the club’s season, so you’ll forgive Ibrox fans for chuckling at the reports.

Yes, Rangers need to add more homegrown players to their squad for European quotas but that only works if the players are available. See perennial crock and summer signing John Souttar.

Rangers also haven’t spent more than £2.5m on a midfielder since 2008, when the club signed Maurice Edu, and once again the club would be rebuilding their squad from the bargain basement.

All of this points to Kenny McLean being the perfect Rangers signing, with the Gers’ recent run of injuries meaning it’s nailed on the midfielder signs a four-year deal and spends 60% of it injured and 20% trying to regain fitness.

We need to move away from buying players who have long histories of injury problems and then expecting it to somehow change when they sign for Rangers.

Kenny McLean might be a talented footballer – hell, he might even want to sign for Rangers – but after a season-defining injury crisis at Ibrox there are serious doubts its a wise move.

Meanwhile, Rangers continue to be linked to an English Championship striker taking the division by storm.