Rangers were interested in signing Leeds United ace Jamie Shackleton this summer but a deal failed to materialise.

The Gers were busy over the summer as Michael Beale looked to re-tool his squad.

Right now, it doesn’t feel like that summer recruitment hasn’t really helped Rangers after a rather inauspicious start to the season.

For instance, Beale brought in four attackers – Sam Lammers, Danilo, Cyriel Dessers and Abdallah Sima – and none of them have really hit the ground running.

Some Rangers targets slipped through the net over the summer though, including Leeds ace Jamie Shackleton.

Rangers showed Jamie Shackleton interest

The Athletic now report that Rangers ‘explored’ a potential deal to bring Shackleton to Ibrox over the summer.

It’s stated that the move didn’t develop though with Rangers seemingly moving on.

Beale’s former club Queens Park Rangers were also keen on a potential loan deal for Shackleton.

Leeds would have wanted a significant loan fee for Shackleton though and that meant a QPR deal just never got off the ground.

Beale seems to be a fan of Shackleton and he could be on the Rangers radar moving forward – if Beale keeps his job in the Ibrox dugout.

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Who is Leeds United ace Shackleton?

Shackleton hails from Hemsworth in West Yorkshire, so it’s no surprise that he made his way into the Leeds United ranks.

The 23-year-old joined the Leeds setup aged just seven and has progressed all the way up to become a first-team player.

Shackleton has racked up more than 80 first-team appearances for Leeds and spent last season on loan at Millwall.

A right back or central midfielder, Shackleton is a hard-working and reliable player who has already made an impression on new Leeds boss Daniel Farke.

The Athletic quote Farke as saying that Shackleton is showing himself to be an ‘unbelievable’ part of the Leeds squad.

“I really love Jamie,” said Farke. “He’s sometimes really underrated because he can play all positions. Wherever he plays, he’s always reliable, always solid, always a good team-mate, gives us everything. He’s an unbelievable piece of our squad and I’m really happy to have him,” he added.

Leeds surely won’t let Shackleton go now, meaning Rangers may well have missed out.

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