By Doug Ward

10th May, 2022 | 6:28pm

Rangers to get rid of Kyle McClelland amid Sheffield United hunt, sell-on clause mooted

Rangers are ready to let centre-back Kyle McCelland leave Ibrox this summer as he edges closer to his contract expiring, according to the Scottish Daily Express.

The newspaper reports on their website that Sheffield United, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town are all interested in signing the 20-year-old Northern Ireland youth international.

It is understood that McCelland will be allowed to move on in the summer transfer window as long as the Gers “can secure a sell-on as part of any future deal”.

Farewell, Kyle

It’s no surprise to read about this.

McCelland has never played for Rangers’ first-team and was stuck playing for the B team in the Lowland League this season.

The Northern Ireland Under-21 international had made Steven Gerrard’s bench three times in the Europa League this season but hadn’t made any of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s matchday squad.

And with Leon King emerging in the senior side on Sunday (8 May) in the 2-0 win over Dundee United, it’s fair to say that breaking into the senior side – at least on a semi-regular basis – is a big ask for McCelland.

If he does move away from Ibrox this summer, there are some decent clubs in England who’d reportedly take him on.

Sheffield United and Huddersfield are in the Championship play-offs so could be a Premier League side again next term while Cardiff would be a realistic place for him to eventually earn some game-time.

We’ll have to wait and see but fixing a sell-on clause in any future move sounds like a good move by Rangers too as it future-proofs any transfer.

But we’re a bit confused as to how that would happen because if McCelland is out of contract this summer, how can the Gers tie a club into agreeing a sell-on clause?

It’s an odd one but fair play to Ross Wilson if he manages it.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart has been left wowed by this Ibrox star who was “different class” against Dundee United.