27-year-old former Ger who was 'brightest young prospect in Scotland' available for nothing
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Former Rangers player who was 'brightest young prospect in Scotland' available for nothing

Former Rangers player Lewis MacLeod, who Barry Ferguson once described as the ‘brightest young prospect in Scotland’, is currently a free agent.

MacLeod came through the youth ranks at Ibrox and made his senior debut for the club in 2012.

MacLeod in action for Rangers against St Johnstone in 2014. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He showed real promise over the next few seasons, racking up 76 appearances, scoring 16 goals and notching 15 assists.


During his time at Rangers, he received plenty of praise from pundits, with former Gers skipper Ferguson an enthusiastic supporter.

Speaking in 2014, he labelled MacLeod the ‘brightest young prospect in Scotland for a long time” and added that “he excites me every time I see him playing” [BBC Sport].

Just a few months later, the central midfielder left Ibrox for England, with Brentford paying around £1m to secure his services [BBC Sport] and handing him a long-term deal.

Since then, though, things haven’t worked out the way he would have hoped.

Injuries have plagued the former Ger, who has only made 72 appearances across spells with the Bees, Wigan Athletic and Plymouth Argyle since heading south.

17 of those appearances came last season with Argyle, but they confirmed at the end of the campaign that he would be released [Pafc.co.uk].

Fast forward a few months and the 27-year-old is still a free agent.

The former Rangers and Scotland prospect was released by Plymouth Argyle earlier this summer. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

A few years ago, plenty of supporters were urging the Gers to bring MacLeod back as there was a sense that he had unfinished business at his first club.

However, even though there would be no major financial risk attached to a swoop, a return is no longer realistic.

For all his talent, after years of injury problems and a season playing a bit part role in a struggling League One team, MacLeod simply wouldn’t be in a position to challenge the current crop of international midfielders at Ibrox.

Hopefully, he’ll find a new club sooner or later, though, as it would be a great shame to see him retire early.

Meanwhile, a current Rangers star is reportedly delaying his response to an offer of a new deal to ‘see what happens’ during the final days of the transfer window.

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