Alex McLeish: Rangers will struggle to pay £15million for Oli McBurnie
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Alex McLeish has insisted that Rangers may struggle to pay £15-20million for Sheffield United forward Oli McBurnie.
The Daily Mail have once again linked the Scottish international with Ibrox after his relegation from the Premier League.
McLeish admitted that it has been tough for McBurnie this year, and that is yet to reach his potential despite that huge price tag.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “When I first went into the Scottish squad, there was a couple of injuries.
“Oli was one of the new kids on the block, he had done really well against the centre-backs in England. This season has been really difficult for him, though.
“He is a player who could still reach his full potential, but he hasn’t done that yet. He is a £20million player.
“I know that he supports Rangers, but I couldn’t see them getting anywhere near that fee.”
This link will continue to arise every single summer, just because he grew up as a Rangers fan and his love for Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard will be assessing his options in the final third, and with Fashion Sakala arriving in the coming weeks, there is no need for more additions.
McBurnie only scored once in the Premier League last season, and his failures will have been a big reason behind their relegation.
Add to that, the striker has picked up a serious injury that is keeping him out of the upcoming EUROs and will likely affect his preparations for next season.
When you spend £15million, you would expect an attacker who is on fire, not someone who is coming back from a major injury and could take months to get back into it.
McLeish is spot on, there is no need.