By Adefunmiloye Alani

12th Jan, 2022 | 11:10am

Rangers were keen on permanent move for Arsenal's Harry Clarke

Rangers were trying to sign Arsenal defender Harry Clarke on a permanent basis before his loan move to Hibs, according to The Sun.

The 20-year-old spent the first half of the campaign with Ross County, but the Gunners recalled him before making the “odd decision” of sending him to Easter Road for the second half of 2021-22.

Clarke impressed while at Victoria Park, and that caught the eyes of the Ibrox outfit, but he will now look to prove himself once more at Hibs.

Would have been Patterson’s replacement?

Rangers just lost Scotland international right-back Nathan Patterson to Everton, and they are in the market for a replacement.

Clarke plays in the position and also at centre-back, scoring thrice and assisting twice in 17 Premiership games for The Staggies.

It is clear to see why the Bears were keen as the Arsenal man could have helped solve their problems in two key positions.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs a cover for skipper James Tavernier, and he will be hoping to get one before their winter break ends.

Injuries at centre-back to Leon Balogun and Filip Helander have seen left-back Calvin Bassey feature in the position.

A versatile player capable of playing at right-back and centre-back will surely come in handy for the Gers.

They have snapped up James Sands, and the USA international defensive midfielder can also fill it at centre-back.

GvB will hope to further bolster his squad in order to boost his chances of retaining the Premiership title and impressing in other competitions, and missing out on Clarke could have left him gutted.

In other Rangers news, a report has shared which players GvB will allow to leave Ibrox this month.