At this stage it’s looking more and more unlikely that Rangers sign Kevin McDonald.
The Fulham midfielder won’t be difficult to go and get, however, should Rangers wish. According to the Daily Record, Rangers have been told that Fulham won’t be difficult to deal with. That’s despite the fact he signed a two-year extension to his contract in the summer.
The reason this is unlikely, however, is down to the status of the Steven Davis deal. Both Rangers and the player are desperate for the move to go ahead, and with Southampton ready to let him leave for nothing next month, there’s surely only one outcome here.
Yet, if the move does fall through, that could certainly open the door up for an unlikely move for McDonald. But just who is he and what can he do?
He’s primarily a central-midfielder first and foremost. In both of his two years at Craven Cottage, he’s taken third place in their Player of the Year rankings.
After joining from Wolves two years ago, McDonald made a real impact under previous manager Slavisa Jokanovic. He made 10 appearances under his former boss this season, but has been frozen out under new-man Claudio Ranieri.
Indeed, McDonald has made just one appearance for the new boss. That came in the recent Boxing Day draw against Wolves, where he failed to stand out.
So what’s his game?
A defensive-midfielder with minimal attacking threat
One thing fans shouldn’t expect from him is goals. He’s yet to score this season, and has only scored a total of six goals in over 100 appearances for Fulham.
McDonald is more of a defensive-minded midfielder, with barely any emphasis on forward play. He only bagged one assist last season in 45 Championship matches.
The Scottish international would look to protect the back four and halt the opposition from playing. In a way, that’s similar to Davis, but he would come without the same attacking threat as the Northern Irishman.
For Rangers, that would have to be considred as a concern. They already have enough holding midfielders, and need at least another box-to-box midfielder.
Should Rangers sign McDonald, who has five caps for Scotland, then a number 10 would be essential.
For now, however, it looks most likely that it’ll be Davis making the move up north and not the Fulham man.