20y/o attacker snubs Rangers and agrees deal with Euro side – report
Ex-Manchester United attacking midfielder Dion McGhee rejected Rangers’ advances to join Portuguese side Braga instead, according to The Sun.
McGhee is a product of the Manchester United youth academy system but was released last summer to spark interest from a host of clubs including Rangers.
The 20-year-old went on trial to Newcastle United earlier this season but failed to land a contract leading him to become fully available once again.
However, Braga have secured McGhee’s signature on an initial deal until the end of the season with an option of extending it until 2024.
The Sun reports that McGhee was tracked by Steven Gerrard’s side but “snubbed Rangers to sign for Braga on a free transfer”.
He will now link up with former Swansea City manager Carlos Carvahal in the Primeira Liga.
Rangers might be smarting over losing out on a future prospect but it will not be of immediate concern for Gerrard and his charges.
The signing of McGhee would not have been a key addition to their squad and with his lack of first-team appearances he would in all likelihood have been sent out on loan or playing for the Colts.
If McGhee had signed then he would have been probably been up against the likes of Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo in midfield as well as the currently stricken Scott Arfield, so he would have had an almost impossible task to break his way into the first XI.
Gerrard is sure to be after new recruits to bolster his side ahead of what he hopes is a huge second half of the season, with the Scottish Premiership already in sight while a strong Europa League run is a realistic prospect.
But he is sure to be selective over who he brings in with Rangers currently on a remarkable run of only one defeat this season, while they remain unbeaten in the Premiership.
His reliable squad members have proved to Gerrard that he does not need to make drastic surgery to the side in Jannuary.
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