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Five potential summer recruits for Rangers

By April 18, 2016No Comments

Fresh off the back of an excellent two week spell that has seen Rangers lift the Premiership title, the Petrofac Cup and defeat Celtic to reach the Scottish Cup Final, plans are already well underway in preparation for life in Scotland’s top tier next season.

With Josh Windass and Matt Crooks already signing on pre-contracts, new recruits are already set to head to Ibrox in the summer.

However a new dimension has now been added to the fray. If Rangers successfully lift the Scottish Cup trophy against Hibs, then they will also have European football to prepare for.

With many names bound to be mentioned over the coming months, here are six players Rangers could potentially move for:

Harry Winks

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Mark Warburton has spoken openly about his desire to forge relationships with some of the leading clubs in England. This season, he took Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem and Spurs duo Nathan Oduwa and Dominic Ball on loan.

Prior to his arrival at Rangers, he had Jon Toral, on loan at Brentford from the Gunners. Toral has just won Birmingham City’s player of the year award following another loan spell away from the Emirates.

Warburton is keen to nurture this kind of talent. Rangers had been heavily linked with a move for the young English midfielder Winks last summer, though a move never materialised. The 20 year old, a product of the Spurs youth system, has found game time limited at White Hart Lane and hasn’t yet had a move out on loan.

At 20, managers know that such talents need first team football in order to develop further. Pochettino had no qualms about allowing Oduwa and Ball move to Glasgow, despite the club featuring in the second tier.

A forward thinking player and a good passer of the ball, Winks would fit into the style of play Rangers have demonstrated this season.

Supposedly Winks decided to stay in London last year. After speaking with colleagues Oduwa and Ball however, perhas this summer, he will change his mind.

Michael McGovern

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The Hamilton goalkeeper is out of contract in the summer and will surely be eyed up by several clubs after an impressive campaign.

At 31, McGovern is an experienced head and has really grown as a player over course of his career.

Having started his career at Celtic, McGovern failed to make a break through for the Parkhead club. He had loan moves to Stranraer and St Johnstone, before moving to Dundee United.

However it was when he moved to Ross County that his career really started to blossom. He played in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final and also made his debut at international level.

Since then, he won the Falkirk player of the year twice and has continued to impress at Hamilton.

In contention to be involved with Northern Ireland this summer, Rangers could look to McGovern to provide some quality competition to Wes Foderingham between the sticks, especially if Cammy Bell departs.

Greg Stewart

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Greg Stewart in action for Dundee.

Dundee striker Stewart has been in impressive form for Paul Hartley’s side.

After signing from Cowdenbeath, Stewart hit 15 goals in all competitions for the Dens Park club, picking up a PFA Scotland Player of the Year nomination in the process.

This season, he has nearly equalled that, with 11 so far to his name.

Rangers will see bringing in players for the striking positions as essential, with Nicky Clark out of contract and Kenny Miller in the latter stages of his career.

Ryan Hardie and Tom Walsh should return from their loan spells, however would not be able to offer the sort of experience that Stewart can.

It would be a long road back to Ibrox for Stewart, having began his career at the Rangers academy, aged 13.

Since his release, the striker has had a remarkable ascent, beginning at Syngenta Amateurs, moving to Cowdenbeath and then sealing a switch to Dundee.

Could be an affordable and proven option for Rangers.

Steven Lawless

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Partick Thistle’s Steven Lawless

The Partick Thistle midfielder is out of contract in the summer and could be tempted to make the short trip from Maryhill to Ibrox to join the Light Blues.

Thistle have expressed their hopes of keeping him at the Jags, as Dundee United have been linked. However with Rangers expected to offer strong competition in the Scottish Premiership next season, the move could be too tempting to turn down.

Barrie McKay has had great success on the left wing for Rangers, but other than Michael O’Halloran, the Ibrox outfit don’t have a great number of true wing players.

With O’Halloran also capable of operating in a more advanced, attacking role, there could be room for Lawless on one side, with McKay on the other.

With a squad that is relatively low in numbers, Warburton may even be keen to recruit the left winger as an option from the bench, similar to how Billy King has been employed.

Kevin McDonald

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Scotland’s Kevin McDonald

Wolves midfielder McDonald is an accomplished player, having racked up over 100 appearances at Molineux since joining in 2013.

Despite being a regular started for the majority of his time at the club, recently McDonald has not had a great time of it.

Having been told to train with the youth team, McDonald may believe the time is now to depart, having been the subject of an approach by Fulham last season.

The Scotland international could have a price barrier and be a more expensive option for Rangers, but would no doubt bring experience to the Ibrox ranks.

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