Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister recently talked transfers with Ian McCall in the Partick Thistle manager’s garden, with 2021/22 loan agreements between the two clubs a possibility [Glasgow Times].
McCall played for the Gers between 1987 and 1989 and has maintained a good relationship with the club.
He’s signed a number of Ibrox prospects on loan down the years, with Stephen Kelly excelling under him at Ayr United, while the likes of Lewis Mayo, Jamie Barjonas, Rhys Breen and Kieran Wright have all spent time at Thistle since his second stint as manager began in September 2019.
McCall also signed Zak Rudden on a permanent deal from the Light Blues in January 2020.
The 56-year-old is determined not to rely too heavily on loanees in the Jags’ first campaign back in the Championship but admits he’s already spoken to McAllister and is open to bringing in an exciting young player or two from either of the Old Firm clubs this summer.
“I had Gary McAllister in my garden the other night and we had a glass of wine and chatted about a few things,” he said [Glasgow Times]. “I think with the right ones [we could bring more in] but Partick Thistle isn’t a club that should fill up with six loan players. This is not that type of club.”
“I’ve got an understanding with them – I could get two, maybe three. When you get loans of the quality of Ross Doohan from Celtic or Stephen Kelly from Rangers then there might be work to be done there but they’ve got to be the right type.
“The one thing I’ve noticed about the loaning of young Rangers and Celtic players now is that years ago, their attitude didn’t seem to be great. Now, with the exception of one who I won’t name, every single one of them has had an outstanding attitude.”
“Breen: outstanding. Kelly: what an attitude. Doohan: what an attitude. They were all really humble and wanted to learn so you would never rule it out.”
McAllister was spotted at several Thistle games over the course of the 2020/21 campaign, keeping a close eye on the progress of loanees Breen and Wright, as well as former Ibrox talent Rudden, who the Gers hold transfer options on.
The door is certainly wide open for more loan switches to Maryhill after these comments from McCall and with the Jags stepping up to the Championship, a higher level of football is on offer for those willing to leave behind the relative comfort of Auchenhowie to go and test themselves.
A Rangers youngster McCall knows well has been labelled a ‘beast’ after a dominant debut showing for an overseas club he joined on loan earlier this month.