By George Overhill

31st May, 2023 | 1:00pm

Rangers transfer news: 4th Morgan Whittaker bid on cards amid Swansea complication as Russell Martin heads to Southampton

Rangers are prepared to make a fourth bid for Swansea’s Morgan Whittaker this summer but face a new delay to any deal as the Championship side look to replace their manager, Football Scotland reports.

Ex-Ibrox defender Russell Martin had bemoaned being “bombarded” with messages from Light Blues supporters during the January window as Michael Beale tried unsuccessfully to land the winger [Wales Online, 3 February], with the Swans loath to let him go.

Martin is now set to become the new manager at Southampton, and Rangers are reportedly ready to make another run at signing Whittaker.

But according to Football Scotland, Swansea will not entertain any transfer developments in or out until they have a replacement in the dug-out, potentially leaving Beale frustrated once more.


At this rate Whittaker seems destined to be the target who is forever just out of the Rangers manager’s reach, but if Swansea appoint a new boss relatively quickly who doesn’t see the 22-year-old in their plans it might finally open the door.

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One positive is that the former Plymouth Argyle loanee will certainly know that he is valued at Ibrox if it comes down to the player making the final decision.

He was recalled from the League One side in the January window, but despite a refusal to entertain his sale in South Wales he remained a rotational option under Martin for the second half of the season.

With the one-time Gers loanee now set to take up the reins at the recently-relegated Saints the picture has changed once more.

But it has apparently still not given Rangers the green light to complete a deal they have been pushing for for months.

With a year left still on his contract at Swansea Whittaker will cost a small fee, but the evidence suggests Beale is convinced he is worth it.

Dujon Sterling has joined Kieran Dowell as confirmed new arrivals this summer, but there is sure to be plenty of business still to come as the Ibrox boss rebuilds his squad.

In other Rangers news, Beale has given a transfer update on imminent signings after admitting it has been his busiest ever period while conducting recruitment work.