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Alex McLeish has said that Man United winger Jesse Lingard has struggled in the past two years but has “undoubted ability and talent” and would be an asset for Rangers.

Both Rangers and Celtic have been linked to the Man United outcast [TEAMtalk] and he’s out of contract in the summer with his Old Trafford career all but over.

The attacker only scored one goal in the whole of last season and has only made the bench twice for Man United in the league this campaign.

It has been reported that Lingard wants to leave in January unless United exercise their option on him before the end of the year.

However, McLeish thinks the £75k-a-week winger would likely prefer to stay in the Premier League.

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Talking exclusively to Ibrox News McLeish said, “Names are bandied about all season. When I was a manager I couldn’t believe some of the names that cropped up that we were linked with.

“The papers are out of the stratosphere sometimes. Players liked to be linked to Rangers, though, especially with how well they’re doing at the moment.

“Jesse has definitely struggled in the last couple of years, but he’s got undoubted ability and talent and he’d be an asset for Rangers. He’d be an asset for any team.

“He’s still quite a young guy, though, and I think he’d want to stay in the Premier League.”

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Do Rangers really need a player like Lingard at the moment?

The squad is absolutely rock solid at the moment and we don’t think a star name – especially one who’s struggling – is what Steven Gerrard needs or would want.

However, the success Rangers have enjoyed this season will mean big names will continue to be linked this January.

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