By Doug Ward

3rd Dec, 2020 | 12:15pm

Rangers bid to re-sign centre-mid could be back on for January after key update - report

Rangers’ swoop to re-sign Norwich midfielder Kenny McLean could be back on ahead of the January transfer window, according to the Scottish Sun.

Last month, the newspaper reported that Steven Gerrard had shown interest in the 28-year-old central midfielder. However, the Scotland international suffered a twisted knee and meniscus tear against Middlesbrough on November 21 and there were fears he would miss up to five months of action.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke has now confirmed to Norwich’s official website that McLean “could be back around Christmas” in a huge boost to Rangers’ hopes of potentially re-signing their former academy player in January.

After the initial timeframe of McLean’s recovery was reported, the Gers’ hopes of signing McLean in January were pretty much over. Why would Gerrard want a stricken midfielder in January when there are plenty of fit ones out there?

But Farke’s huge update has led to the Scottish Sun reporting that “it is a move that could be back on”.

McLean has not played a lot of football for Norwich this season with the Scottish midfielder starting just four of the 12 Championship games he was available for before his injury.

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In November, a number of Rangers fans expressed their support of a move to sign the former Aberdeen player before Scotsman journalist Mark Atkinson added he “would not come cheap“.

While a section of Gers fans would be happy to see McLean back in Govan, does Gerrard really need to go out and spend what has been described as a “chunky fee” on the Norwich fringe player?

Rangers did need to strengthen their central midfield options in the last transfer window but they did that by welcoming Bongani Zungu to Ibrox on deadline day.

On top of Zungu, Gerrard has Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack to choose from while Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo can also play centrally.

We don’t see why McLean would be needed if he’s going to cost a fair bit of cash.

In other Rangers news, Michael Owen has predicted the scoreline of Gers’ clash against Standard Liege.