St Johnstone might have crashed out of the Europa League qualifiers to Galatasaray, but it isn’t just the Perthshire club’s gritty determination that has caught the eye of Rangers fans.
The Saints lost 4-2 on the night in front of a sold-out McDiarmid Park to lose 5-3 on aggregate to the Turkish giants.
It was a match filled with intrigue as St Johnstone went in 1-1 at halftime on the night with everything still to play for.
But it was not to be as Gala raced into a 4-1 lead in Perth before ex-Rangers winger Michael O’Halloran managed to pull a late goal back for Callum Davidson’s side.
For Rangers fans impressed by a spirited St Johnstone performance, it was the starring role of one of their most sought after talents that most caught the eye of those at Ibrox.
Northern Irish international midfielder Ali McCann, 21, is probably St Johnstone’s strongest asset and once again this talented youngster showed he can cut it at this level.
Midfield is an area where Rangers have lack a real dynamism of late with McCann’s bite and ability something which many Gers fans find attractive.
Supporters once again took to Twitter to sing the praises of the youngster and urge the Ibrox club to pounce before someone else does:
Ali McCann would add something to our midfield btw, no doubt about it.
Full of energy, likes a tackle, always moving into space and looks to drive forward.
Get Middleton included in a deal.
Absolute nonsense for anyone to claim he is no better than Docherty. He absolutely is.
— 👤 (@FacelessRanger) August 12, 2021
Ali McCann with another fine performance for St Johnstone tonight.
Already plays with Davis at NI, shared abilities to Kamara, a young talent whos value should grow.
Seems to fit our business model.
— TII Podcast & Blog (@thisisibrox) August 12, 2021
We really need to get Ali McCann before someone else does
— BR (@BR1872_) August 12, 2021
Ali McCann is a tremendous prospect and one we should be looking at to get in now and have long term. The notion he makes us get past Malmö on Tuesday isn’t accurate tho. Again not doubting ability as a player but Kamara being available changes the complexion of the tie. Roofe
— 𝐁𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐅𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐏𝐨𝐝 🇳🇱 (@Battlefeverpod) August 12, 2021
Ali McCann is very good
— Callum Stewart 🇬🇧 (@CallumSt_1872) August 12, 2021
I would take a punt on Ali McCann. Young, dynamic, not afraid to get stuck in and looks to have plenty potential.
— Kirst (@kirsten93_) August 12, 2021
It’s not clear how much McCann would cost Rangers but it is clear that the player’s two clashes with Galatasaray at Europa League level have done little to dampen the expectation around the St Johnstone star.
McCann will get another shot at Europe with St Johnstone too – the Saints have dropped into the Europa League Playoff where they will face LASK of Austria.
St Johnstone will be hoping McCann can do the business for them here, with the club’s official Twitter account once lauding the midfielder as a “£40m” player.