Former Rangers defender Kyle McClelland is wanted by Hibs after leaving Ibrox this summer, according to a report, with new Easter Road boss Lee Johnson keen to add the Northern Ireland youth international to his squad.

According to the Sun, the Hibees have set their sights on McClelland after the defender confirmed he was leaving Rangers after his contract came to an end.

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McClelland was a mainstay in the B team last season as they finished third in the Lowland League, having previously spent time on loan with League One Falkirk.

During his time with the Bairns, McClelland was linked with a move to Premier League side Southampton but it seems that his next move will be a bit closer to Glasgow.

However, the emergence of Leon King as a bonafide first-team option has restricted the chance for McClelland to progress to the first-team and he has opted to try his luck elsewhere.

West Ham had also been touted as a possible destination for McClelland but the chance of first-team football at Hibs appears to have won out.

Rangers could still benefit from McClelland’s success at Hibs

According to the report, the Light Blues could stand to benefit in the future from any success McClelland has with the Gers set to pocket a sell-on clause in lieu of compensation for the defender.

While his contract is up, Rangers would still be entitled to training compensation wherever McClelland ends up.

Should the Northern Irish U21 cap impress in the capital, Rangers could find themselves pocketing a decent chunk of cash.

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