By Azeem Siddiqui

9th Jul, 2022 | 11:10pm

Rangers must sign James McAtee after recent fitness update of Ianis Hagi

Rangers are readying a loan move for Manchester City attacking midfielder James McAtee, according to the Scottish Sun’s reports on June 2.

The Gers are coming off the back of an impressive season where they managed to win the Scottish Cup and finished as the runners-up in the Europa League where they lost the final to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties.

One of the key areas manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is keen to strengthen ahead of the next campaign is the attacking front where the Bears struggled at times due to injuries.

For this reason, they’ve been linked with a move for the 19-year-old who still has four years left on his current deal with the reigning Premier League champions.

It is even more important now, with Ianis Hagi potentially ruled out until after the World Cup at the end of this year over in Qatar – that would be a huge blow.

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Despite having a successful season on the pitch, many Rangers fans and manager Van Bronckhorst will rue the fact that they had to play the second half of the season without their star creative man, Hagi.

The recent report suggests that the 23-year-old, who is still recovering from a serious knee injury, is unlikely to return to full fitness before the start of 2023.

After such a development, it is now imperative for the Gers to make a move for someone like McAtee who is highly rated in the footballing community in England.

McAtee is a hardworking player, known for his aggressive mindset and sublime football intelligence. The general perception is that he is more than just a football player and brings a concept of the team alongside him.

If we just talk about what he offers outside the pitch, he brings personality as you would expect from the youth of the reigning Premier League champions.

That is something that can prove very important when his team comes up against the big sides away from home.

In other Rangers news, ex-Ibrox hero suggests star could be sold this summer to avoid him walking for free next year.