By George Overhill

25th Jan, 2023 | 11:49am

Rangers are expected to make another attempt to sign Morgan Whittaker before the close of the transfer window, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Having secured midfielder Todd Cantwell from Norwich and developments behind the scenes apparently continuing towards Nicolas Raskin from Standard Liege, the club are expected to return with another offer for Swansea winger Whittaker, who wants to move.

Swans boss Russell Martin had previously stated that an offer from Ibrox had been turned down [BBC Sport, 20 January], and while there had been fears he would be ruled out of a January move if he featured for the Welsh side, he has not yet played for them this season after being recalled from his loan at Plymouth, so the Light Blues will push once more.

In his transfer blog for BetVictor Romano wrote: “Finally, Rangers are expected to try again for Morgan Whittaker: Swansea turned down 1.5M proposal last week for the talented winger who wants Rangers move.

“It’s up to the clubs but after Cantwell deal, Rangers can try again for Whittaker who would be keen on the move.”

Time is ticking

Michael Beale has communicated a pretty serene situation at Ibrox despite this being his big chance to alter a squad that had been badly underperforming earlier this season.

He has turned that around already with a very impressive record so far, and has now successfully added Cantwell.

The Gers boss has been open about his interest in three main targets this month but it appears that Whittaker is the hardest to land, given the Martin’s statements show how against losing the 22-year-old he is.

But if Romano is accurate, and there were some suggestions that he wasn’t earlier in the window, then Rangers are sticking with it for a reason.

Having the player’s interest always helps, but Beale and the club will have to be very sure that he is the man to make the difference if Swansea are asking way above what is on offer so far.

Moves look to be on the horizon before the deadline but how happy the manager will be once it’s passed will depend on how much can be completed in time.

In other Rangers news, one staff member is now set to exit next month with the departure already green lit.