In recent years Rangers reluctance to sign players from other SPFL clubs has, arguably, cost them money and in Scott McKenna, there could be a chance to make up for missing out on previous options.
Out of contract at the end of this season, the Scotland international remains a regular starter for Steve Cooper but the chance to head home and compete for trophies might be too hard to turn down.
Rangers need more home-grown players and Scott McKenna could soon be available and at a reduced price.
Why Rangers should consider cut-price Scott McKenna move
It was a surprise that Michael Beale wasn’t linked with a move for the 26-year old in the summer as he targeted a left-sided centre-half to cover the departure of Filip Helander.
With Ben Davies’ future also uncertain, it seemed inevitable that another central defender would arrive.
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As far as a one in, one out, policy goes, if Rangers could move Davies on and bring in Scott McKenna, it would represent a decent trade.
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An accusation thrown at Rangers defence is that it can be soft centred and the former Aberdeen defender would certainly add much needed physicality.
What it would also do is allow for Michael Beale to go to a back three.
A three of McKenna, Connor Goldson and John Souttar has a good mix of passing, ball carrying and defensive attributes.
For the remaining doubters, McKenna was key in Nottingham Forest’s promotion and has kept his place in the Premier League despite Cooper having plenty of money to spend.
Two wins out of four including a clean sheet away to Chelsea is a good start, especially when you consider that they have been to Old Trafford and the Emirates too where they only just lost out – McKenna starting every game.
Rangers need to find players like Scott McKenna before they make their big moves but, if they don’t, taking advantage of contract situations like this one should be the next best thing.