By Doug Ward

13th May, 2021 | 4:35pm

Rangers eye MK Dons contract rebel Matthew Sorinola

Rangers are in the hunt to sign MK Dons left-back Matthew Sorinola after the youngster rejected a new contract at the English League One club, according to TeamTalk.

The football news website claims Celtic are also interested in the 20-year-old, as well as clubs across Europe with the full-back keen to quit English football.

It is understood that Sorinola doesn’t want to play Under-23s football next season and wants to take his chances in another country to ensure he gets first-team playing time.

As Sorinola has rejected a new contract, Rangers would have to pay a “minimal compensation fee” for him.

Borna back-up?

On Wednesday night, Rangers lined up without a left-back in their squad due to an injury sustained to Borna Barisic while Calvin Bassey is still serving a ban.

When you look at that, it suggests that Steven Gerrard needs to sign a new left-back but how often are both left-backs going to be unavailable?

Of course, Barisic has done so well at Ibrox that he could be someone who’s linked with a move away from Govan this summer. If that happens, obviously Gerrard and Ross Wilson will have to find a replacement.

But if Barisic and Bassey are here next term – do we need Sorinola?

The 20-year-old Englishman has played regularly for MK Dons this season, appearing 43 times across all competitions, scoring two goals and supplying six assists in the process.

He’s an attack-minded full-back so he’s often played in a more advanced role down the left-wing for Russell Martin’s side.

That means he could be handy.

As it stands, we could do with some extra depth out wide, especially on Ryan Kent’s left-hand flank.

Sorinola could not only serve as back-up to Barisic but he could also be a back-up for Kent.

Also, as he’s young, we could sign him for a minimal compensation fee and then loan him out to ensure his development isn’t stunted.

It could be a deal worth doing.

In other Rangers news, Scott Allan couldn’t believe what he saw Alfredo Morelos do in the win against Livingston.