By Adefunmiloye Alani

5th Sep, 2021 | 1:10pm

Derek McInnes: Alistair McCann would have been perfect for Rangers

Alistair McCann left St. Johnstone for Preston North End on deadline day, but Derek McInnes has questioned why Rangers did not move for the midfielder.

The 22-year-old Northern Ireland international helped his former club win the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup last term, and will now look to prove himself in the English Championship.

Ex-Aberdeen manager McInnes is not pleased that the Premiership has lost such a talented player, though, but is expecting him to hit the ground running in England.

The BBC pundit wrote in his Mail on Sunday column: “McCann lacks a bit of finesse and quality with his final pass and he could probably score more goals, but he has everything else.

“He is a responsible midfielder, a real competitor who knows his job and is good on the ball. I have played and managed in the English Championship and he will deal with that fine.

“I am just surprised and disappointed that neither player (McCann or Jason Kerr) has stayed in the Scottish league.

“McCann would have been an easy one for Celtic or Rangers to take and such a hard one for Callum to replace.”

Missed trick?

McCann cost Preston just £1.2million, and it is only normal for the former Dons boss to wonder why the likes of Rangers ignored such a bargain deal.

Steven Gerrard’s side did not sell any of their major players, so the club would not have seen the need to bring in any more midfielders given their strength in the position.

The Ibrox outfit have Joe Aribo, Steven Davis, Kamara, Scott Arfield, John Lundstram and Juninho Bacuna available as options in the middle of the park, while Nnamdi Ofoborh is also expected to add to their depth in the position once he returns to full fitness from his heart complications.

McCann has proven himself as one of the most promising midfielders in the land, but Rangers just did not see the need to further add to a department where they have more than enough strength.

They never attempted to bid for the midfielder and are not going to regret that they did not given the quality options available to them right now and going forward.

In other Rangers news, Bears ace details why he didn’t leave Ibrox this summer despite interests.