Chris Cadden’s displays at Motherwell may have gone rather unnoticed, but he’s been a long-term target of Rangers’.

We use the term “target” loosely. Rangers have always had their eye on the Motherwell right-winger, but have never made a move for him. This Sunday, however, Rangers and Steven Gerrard will have a golden chance to see him up close.

So far in his Motherwell career, Cadden has made 136 appearances. It’s an impressive stat considering he’s only been at the club for four years. Throughout that period, he has shown a directness and impressive range of crossing ability. So often, he’s been the catalyst of crosses into the box that have seen Motherwell get big goals against Rangers in the past.

Chris Cadden has proved to be a strong operator down the right (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Fortunately, his contract is nearing its conclusion at Fir Park. Cadden is into the final year of his deal, and could be picked up for a cheap price in January. Rangers could, however, take the option of snapping him up on a free in the summer.

That’s only if Cadden manages to impress at Ibrox on Sunday. He’s scored one goal and bagged five assists so far this season. It’s not the most impressive of form considering he has made 15 appearances for the Steelmen this season.

A reliable alternative

He would, however, provide reliable cover for Premiership opposition when Daniel Candeias is out injured or suspended.

Eros Grezda is currently the number two right-winger, but he’s yet to prove he has what it takes to succeed at Ibrox. Cadden, on the other hand, has plenty of experience in this division to his name

Cadden has been capped at both senior and under-21 levels for Scotland (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He has also appeared in 12 matches for the Scotland Under-21s as well as receiving two caps for the senior side. There’s a player in there, and at just 22-years of age, he certainly has had more than his fair share of responsibility.

He represents a cheap option for Gerrard in January if he wants him. It would be a risk-free signing, and Cadden would prove himself to be one of the hardest workers around.

Rangers will likely have bigger fish to fry in January as they look for four new additions. This Sunday, however, can be Cadden’s big audition to sway Rangers’ interest towards him once more.