By Jason Jones

8th May, 2020 | 10:26am

Ibrox View: Rangers would have hard task landing Scott McKenna, despite Alex Rae suggestion


It wouldn’t be a huge turn up for the books if Rangers were to try and sign another centre-back this summer. 

A number of shaky performances, as examined by Ibrox News earlier in the season, have led to some question marks over Connor Goldson’s form at the heart of defence – with former Ibrox hitman Kevin Kyle going as far as to suggest he gets away with “murder”.

Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard has alternated between George Edmundson and Nikola Katic since the turn of the year, with the latter coming in for serious criticism from Kris Boyd after a horror show outing against St. Johnstone in February.

But ex-Ibrox man Alex Rae believes that he has identified the player who can sure up the Gers’ backline.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, the pundit made a case for the Gers swooping for Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna this summer.

Rae said: “He’s really young, only 23.

“I think he’s had a bit of a stop-start season with injuries this past season, he was a bit more robust the following campaign. But you get that as a player sometimes, you’re up and down a bit, particularly when you’re younger.

“So if he can get back to his best, get settled and get a run of games, I think he could bring a bit to the table.

“He’s a full international and has that winning mentality as well which could help him out.”

But would a move for McKenna be a wise idea?

There’s certainly no doubting his potential.

Aberdeen hero Willie Miller has lavished praise on the defender in the recent past, and has even admitted that he doesn’t expect him to be at Pittodrie for too much longer.

Now an international mainstay with 14 caps to his name, his profile is very much on the rise, and there have already been failed bids from Aston Villa and QPR to lure him south of the border.

And that could be where Rae’s plot falls apart.

Of course, the vast majority of Gers supporters would probably love the club to land a full international player of McKenna’s quality, but there are likely to be a number of sides interested in him if he does become available for a transfer, and the road to a deal would be far from smooth.

Moreover, McKenna himself has admitted that he was an avid Celtic fan as a boy, with his dad holding a season ticket at Parkhead.

It may not be the kind of factor that could derail a potential transfer entirely, but it could be enough to throw a sizeable spanner in the works given the enormous and complex rivalry between the two clubs.

As such, you can completely understand why Rae feels that McKenna would be a good signing for the Gers, but it must be recognised that any potential deal would have a lot of hurdles to clear before it could become a reality.

In other Rangers news, Ibrox Exclusive: Alex Bruce urges Gers and SPFL to end dispute for good of Scottish football.