By Daniel Feliciano

20th Nov, 2022 | 4:50pm

Rangers want to sign Kenny McLean from Norwich City, could agree pre-contract ahead of January move

Rangers want to sign Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean in January, but could agree a pre-contract for a summer move according to Daily Express.

The Gers are keen to bolster their midfield options ahead of what is likely to be a tough second half of the season, having fallen nine points behind Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

McLean came through the academy at Auchenhowie but has been plying his trade with the Canaries this season on a regular basis, and is a regular part of the Scottish national team.

His current deal is set to expire in the summer, and the boyhood Rangers fan is a target for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, although bringing him in during the January window would require a fee.

“Scottish Express Sport understands the midfielder is on Rangers’ radar with a potential pre-contract agreement an option with McLean out of his current deal in the summer, after signing an extension at Carrow Road until 2023,” they wrote (20 November).

Strength

McLean is 30 years old now and would be an interesting signing for a side that need goals and creativity to be added to their squad, considering he is mostly defensive minded.

Ryan Jack is set to see his contract expire in the summer window and a new deal seems unlikely given his issues with fitness this season, while Steven Davis is also in that boat but is much older.

So defensive minded replacements are certainly needed in the summer, but bringing him in during the January window would give the manager extra options for the second half of the season.

The player himself has been open about his love for the club and is unlikely to turn down the move, so much like they did with John Souttar and Glen Kamara in the past they could agree contracts early to try and force through a cut-price deal.

McLean doesn’t solve the glaring problems in the squad right now, but he’d be a good addition to a squad lacking quality options and is one to watch out for after the World Cup break.

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