Writing in the Scottish Sun, Kris Boyd has urged Steven Gerrard to try to sign ‘big Rangers man’ Kenny McLean from Norwich City this summer.
The exact parameters of the summer transfer window are as yet undetermined amid the global health crisis but after a dismal start to 2020 saw the Gers slip to 13 points behind Celtic, it’s clear reinforcements will be required at some point.
Over the first half of last season the Gers dominated games in midfield but following the winter break there was a lack of energy and creativity in the middle of the park.
Boyd believes bringing in a Scottish international could help to change that.
“Kenny McLean might be one,” he wrote in the Scottish Sun. “He’ll be on big money at Norwich City and he’s arguably at the peak of his career.”
“But he’s a big Rangers man and, who knows, could he be tempted to come back up the road if an offer was placed in front of him with his side likely to go down?”
Boyd went on to acknowledge the potential positives to a swoop for Lewis Ferguson, before arguing that Graeme Shinnie should also be on Gerrard’s radar.
“With Halliday gone, he’s [Shinnie] versatile enough to play in different roles,” Boyd added. “I may have given him a hard time down the years, but I still admire his attitude. It’s the kind Rangers will need in the next 12 months if they’re to finally stop Celtic winning title after title.”
Boyd has recommended three players with strong links to Rangers’ fierce rivals Aberdeen here.
Ferguson is currently a key part of the Dons’ midfield, Shinnie is a former captain and McLean made over 100 league appearances for the Pittodrie outfit between 2015 and 2018.
Given that he’s now playing in the Premier League, McLean is the most high profile of the three and that may ensure he would be the hardest to sign.
The midfielder was a part of the Rangers Academy for a while and as Boyd suggests, his allegiance to the club could have a say.
The Canaries may be adrift at the foot of the English top-flight and are likely to be relegated, but McLean has been a near-permanent fixture under Daniel Farke this season, making 32 appearances.
After overcoming injury problems, he’s finally getting a chance to show his abilities down south and given that he’s contracted until the summer of 2022, Norwich would be expecting a fee that would likely be beyond Rangers’ reach.