Rangers are reportedly chasing Sunderland striker Ross Stewart after the Scotland squad man scored 22 times in 45 appearances for the Black Cats.
According to the Northern Echo, Rangers are one of three players keen to land the striker this summer, with the Northern Echo reporting Swansea and Norwich are also keen.
The 25-year-old has just over a year left on his contract at the Stadium of Light so would command a fee this summer – with Mackems boss Alex Neil putting any talks over new contracts on the back burner until the end of the campaign.
“I’ve got bigger things to concern myself about than trying to keep a player happy who’s got his own objectives in his career,” said Neil.
“The simple fact is, I’ve got the Sunderland fans, the Sunderland community and the Sunderland club as a whole to concern myself with.
“Ross has done really well for us, but the simple fact is that if we can continue to make progress and get ourselves out of this league, then naturally players will want to be here and play here. It really is as simple as that.
“The simple fact is that he’s our contracted player. He’s done well, but he’s done well because he’s been given a chance at this club. I’m sure he’ll be respectful of that as well.
“But I’m not going into the remaining games worrying that if I don’t win them, or we don’t win them, then Ross might see his future elsewhere. I don’t think about that with any of the players, it doesn’t even cross my mind at the moment.”
Rangers signing Stewart seems a backwards step
Stewart’s scoring record for Sunderland has been impressive but let’s be honest here, it’s League One in England. It’s the same division Greg Docherty looked a superstar in and Joey Garner scores regularly.
That’s not to say there are not some talented players there but hanging our hat on Stewart as a potential replacement for the likes of Alfredo Morelos feels like a bad dream.
The only real positive going for it would be that he’d count towards the club’s quota of domestically trained players for Europe.