According to the Scottish Sun [15/8 12:21], fellow Premiership club St Johnstone want £3m to part with a player many Rangers fans desperately want to see at Ibrox.
Ali McCann has been the subject of plenty of transfer speculation this summer, following a superb 2020/21 season during which he helped the Saints to a domestic cup double.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored the winning penalty in a Scottish Cup quarter-final shootout triumph over the Gers in April.
He caught the eye of many Gers supporters over the course of the campaign and yet more Bears pleaded with the club to make a move recently after his outstanding Europa League qualifying performances against Galatasaray.
His teammate Murray Davidson stated said the Northern Ireland international “took himself to another level” and was “outstanding” in those games.
Celtic and Stoke have both been linked with McCann and Saints chairman Steve Brown asserted that it would take a club record fee (above £1.75m) for him to be sold [Independent].
However, now a more specific figure has been provided by the Scottish Sun, who claim that the Perth club are looking for £3m.
Many Rangers fans have made it clear that they want their club to jump to the head of the queue and sign McCann, who is being lauded as an ideal replacement for Steven Davis, with the veteran’s future beyond the end of the current season uncertain.
The Gers’ Champions League qualifying exit has almost certainly impacted their transfer budget for what’s left of the window but while a significant amount, £3m would still constitute a bargain fee for someone with as much potential as McCann.
If the Light Blues don’t swoop and he heads for England, fans would likely move on quite quickly, but if he ends up at Celtic and hits the ground running, the Ibrox recruitment team may come in for some criticism.
Supporters will still be hurting from the Champions League disappointment, with a weekend result in a European league adding an extra sting.