By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

18th Jan, 2021 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit backs Rangers to exchange 'smashing' player to complete January deal

We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Alex McLeish has backed Rangers to exchange Ross McCrorie to sign Aberdeen forward Scott Wright during the January window.

Steven Gerrard has confirmed that he would like to sign Wright this month, and losing McCrorie early, who is on loan at Aberdeen, is a strong possibility.

McLeish believes it would be smart business by the Bears, and also for the player who would get guaranteed minutes at Pittodrie.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Again, whatever works in terms of financially for both clubs.

“If McCrorie has had some good performances up there, and people say ‘why did Rangers let him go?’ but they seem to be covered in that type of position, strongly.

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“Therefore, you would imagine that behind-the-scenes the kind of stuff that is just business, and it seems like a good piece of business.

“A smashing young Scottish player like McCrorie gets to play football every week, you can’t just sit on your backside at Ibrox every single week for the rest of your career.”

McCrorie is set to join Aberdeen on a permanent deal in June, either way, so if fast-forwarding that switch can help, why wouldn’t the Bears?

Greg Stewart is another player who could head back to Pittodrie, having spent previous seasons on loan there before in his career.

Are Rangers any closer to completing that move?

Gerrard confirmed that the move for Wright was “extremely close” but only claimed that it would be a bonus if it was completed this month.

McCrorie is leaving, and Stewart isn’t playing, so let’s get this deal over the line now, rather than waiting till the summer.

In other Rangers news, Gerrard claims Bears ace is pushing for rare start v Ross County