A one-time Rangers-linked midfielder is set to undergo a life-saving kidney transplant surgery having spent years battling chronic kidney disease.

Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald was reportedly on a list of alternative players Rangers were interested in signing should the deal for Steven Davis have fallen through in 2019 [Daily Record].

The midfielder has managed the disease since he was a teenager and despite this has racked up over 500 appearances for the likes of Dundee, Burnley, Sheffield United, Wolves, and Fulham.

McDonald, 32, has also managed five Scotland caps in his career and has been a stalwart midfielder at every club he played for in an impressive playing career north and south of the border.

Obviously Rangers would sign Steven Davis and no move for McDonald would materialise and the midfielder would take to Fulham’s club media channel to explain the situation.


“I’ve been fighting a chronic kidney disease, or kidney failure ever since I started playing football,” said McDonald [FFCtv].

“I’ve had it my whole career and been under the orders of the doctors throughout my whole career. No one sees this part of football.

“People just see you on the pitch and they have their opinions of you and that’s that.

“I’ve known I’ve needed a kidney transplant for nearly 12 years now. I’ve loved my whole career in football but at the same time, in the back of my mind, my health has always been my priority.

“Football is a game but we’re talking about life-threatening diseases.

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One-time Rangers-linked midfielder Kevin McDonald is set to go through life-saving transplant surgery. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

“I’ve got one kidney that doesn’t work at all and one kidney that’s about 10% now. I’ve been playing with stage one, to now stage five kidney disease, which is chronic kidney disease, kidney failure.

“It’s a part of me opening up about it – of course there were certain reasons to not tell anyone, so people and football clubs and businesses might not want to employ you as such.

“But now, knowing that I’m towards the end of my career I’ve taken the decision to pick health over football, this season especially.”

McDonald was left out of Scott Parker’s 25-man Premier League squad and hasn’t made an appearance for Fulham this season, instead gaining coaching experience with the club’s U23s.

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Kevin McDonald earned five caps for Scotland.. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Everyone at Rangers News wishes Kevin a speedy recovering and all the best as he prepares to undergo surgery.

Meanwhile, a Rangers loanee currently plying his trade down south was played out of position in midfield for his current side and was culpable for a goal as his team were hammered.

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