By Ibrox News Speaking to Tam McManus

6th Jan, 2023 | 12:26pm

Rangers deal to sign Keanu Baccus on the cards for January after what pundit has been told

We’re delighted to welcome Tam McManus as our exclusive Rangers columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox

Tam McManus can see Rangers signing Australia midfielder Keanu Baccus from St Mirren this month after he was linked with a move to Ibrox.

The Scottish Sun reported on 29 December that Baccus, 24, is being considered as a January transfer target for the Light Blues – but they may have competition from clubs in England.

It is understood that St Mirren won’t stand in the Australia “World Cup star” if an acceptable offer is made to them this month after he earned rave reviews for his performances at Qatar 2022.

McManus believes that due to a season-ending injury to Steven Davis and the contractual situations of other Ibrox midfielders, Baccus would be a welcome addition in Govan this month.

Speaking to Ibrox News, the former striker said: “Rangers need to strengthen in the middle of the park, I think that’s where they’re weak. Davis is out injured and Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack are going out of contract.

Baccus had a great World Cup for Australia, he’s a good age at 24, he’s settled down really well in the Scottish Premiership.

I can see that one happening, I can see him coming in to give Rangers some help in the middle of the park, some strength, some legs and add some competition there because it seems to be the same players playing every week at the moment.

They need more options in there so I think Baccus would be a really strong option for Rangers.”

Baccus joined St Mirren from Western Sydney Wanderers in the summer and has since played 17 times in the Scottish Premiership, scoring two goals.

The South Africa-born ace is a central or defensive midfielder who’s been capped five time by the Australia national team, who impressed at the World Cup by beating Tunisia and Denmark in the groups before losing to eventual-winners Argentina in the round of 16.

In other Rangers news, the Gers want to sign this South American ace who’s playing in Europe.