Free agent former Rangers YPOTY open to return to Scotland
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Free agent former Rangers star open to return to Scotland

Former Rangers star Lewis MacLeod has told the Daily Record he’s open to offers from English and Scottish clubs after becoming a free agent.

The 26-year-old was recently released by Wigan Athletic following the conclusion of the EFL Championship season and now finds himself unattached.

Lewis MacLeod playing for Wigan Athletic against Derby County in October 2019.  (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

MacLeod came up through the youth ranks at Rangers before making his debut as a teenager and going on to be named the club’s Young Player of the Year for the 2012/13 campaign.


He remained with the Gers for another season and a half scoring 16 goals and registering 15 assists in 76 appearances before signing for Brentford on a long-term contract.

After four years with the Bees, MacLeod joined Wigan on a one-year deal but failed to establish himself with the Latics and has been released by the recently relegated cash-strapped club.

“I knew that I was going to go at the end of the season, I had made my mind up,” he told the Daily Record. “I’m in the same position I was last season; looking for a club. With Covid everything is up in the air so I’m just keeping myself fit.”

“I was looking at the Wigan move as a bit of a change to get a bit closer to home, but now I’m going to see what happens.

“I’ve not decided on if I want to stay in England or look into coming back to Scotland. I’m keeping my options open; open to whatever.”

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


MacLeod was very highly thought of during his time at Rangers and his career looked set to take off after he secured a transfer to Brentford.

Things haven’t worked out for him south of the border, yet, though. The creative midfielder has made just 55 appearances since leaving the Gers in 2015 with injuries ruining his time at Brentford and Paul Cook often excluding him from matchday squads during his short stay at Wigan.

Given his free agent status, a move for MacLeod wouldn’t carry any great financial risk, but his injury history will likely be a cause for concern for potentially interested parties.

A return to Rangers looks unlikely for now, as with big signings like Ianis Hagi, Kemar Roofe and Joe Aribo all capable of playing off the striker, Gerrard has plenty of options for the no.10 role MacLeod used to perform.

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