Ibrox view: Why Rangers must forget about signing 28y/o international
After scoring a penalty in Scotland’s historic Euro 2020 playoff win over Serbia, Kenny McLean has been linked with a move to Rangers.
The 28-year-old has been at Norwich City since 2018, arriving from Aberdeen, but is said to be keen on a move back to Scotland with Rangers supposedly interested.
According to The Scottish Sun, the Ibrox club could look to secure a loan deal this January or offer to pay his transfer fee in instalments. The Gers are said to have made a move for him during the summer, but the move was blocked by Norwich boss Daniel Farke.
Regardless of the logistics of the deal, this is something that Steven Gerrard should avoid.
Firstly, Rangers are well stocked in midfield and have plenty of quality options. With Bongani Zungu the most recent addition, Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo and Ianis Hagi have all been regulars in various central roles, making this area of the pitch far from a priority.
Secondly, McLean would not add anything unique in terms of quality and would be unlikely to move the needle as Rangers look to develop under Steven Gerrard. So far this season in the Championship, McLean has made just four appearances, of which he has started three.
Creatively he offers little, with 0.3 key passes per 90 minutes on average and providing no assists so far this season. In 37 Premier League appearances last year he registered one assist, while he is not a high volume passer either, completing just 81.8% of his 28.1 passes per match on average this season (via WhoScored).
Given what Rangers already have in their squad, it is difficult to argue what McLean brings. Now he could be a valuable depth option if the Gers were short, but they are well stocked in that area of the pitch. Instead, they should focus their resources elsewhere.
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