Former Rangers midfielder and Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been left scratching his head as to why the Gers or Old Firm rivals Celtic never moved for Ali McCann.
The St Johnstone midfield talent and Northern Irish international star moved to Preston North End in a deadline day deal said to be worth up to £1.75m to the Perthshire club.
The Club can confirm that Ali McCann has joined @pnefc
We wish him all the best 💙#SJFC
— St. Johnstone FC (@StJohnstone) August 31, 2021
This was after much talk from Rangers fans and in the press regarding the youngster, with plenty impressed by his starring midfield performances for Calum Davidson’s side.
There were then links which claimed Rangers turned down the opportunity to sign McCann due to the club’s concentration on developing talent already at Ibrox.
EXCLUSIVA RINCÓN ESCOCÉS:
Steven Gerrard y Ross Wilson desestimaron el fichaje de Ali McCann por Rangers en el día de ayer. pic.twitter.com/9TBh5WYIxe
— Rincón Escocés 🏴 (@RinconEscoces) September 1, 2021
But for McInnes, it’s a decision either side of the Old Firm may yet live to regret it as St Johnstone’s loss becomes Preston’s gain.
“If McCann has gone for the money that is reported – £1million with a sell-on fee – then Preston have got a steal,” said McInnes [Mail on Sunday].
“McCann lacks a bit of finesse and quality with his final pass and he could probably score more goals, but he has everything else.
“He handled St Johnstone’s European games and is now an international performer with Northern Ireland.
“He is a responsible midfielder, a real competitor who knows his job and is good on the ball.
“I have played and managed in the English Championship and he will deal with that fine.
“I am just surprised and disappointed that neither player has stayed in the Scottish league.
“McCann would have been an easy one for Celtic or Rangers to take and such a hard one for Callum [Davidson] to replace.”
Rangers already have some prime young midfield talent in the shape of Stephen Kelly and Charlie McCann with the club well-stocked in the middle of the park.
Read more about those claims the Gers turned down an offer to buy McCann prior to him moving to Preston North End.