All the Rangers talk at the moment is about Steven Gerrard and the stunning offer that the club has reportedly made to bring the Liverpool legend to Ibrox.

While he’s mulling the offer over though, Mark Allen is hard at work behind the scenes ensuring that the squad is strong enough to challenge Celtic next season.

One player who would fit the bill, and could be available in the summer, is former Man United defender Paddy McNair.

The 23-year-old promised the world when he was at Old Trafford, but it didn’t work out for him and he made the switch to Sunderland in 2016 for £5million.

Ironically, at that time he was being touted as a possible Celtic player, although that didn’t materialise.

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The Sunderland move hasn’t worked out for him either, but he has burst back into goal-scoring form in midfield recently, with three goals in three games.

McNair has got bags of potential – he made 27 appearances for United before his move, but his career has stalled since. 

Troubled Sunderland have been relegated to League One and will be forced to do a clear-out this summer and McNair could well be made available.

If he is, Mark Allen must ensure that Rangers are top of the queue.

The centre of defence is a position Rangers have struggled with this season, with Bruno Alves getting on and Ross McCrorie still young and inexperienced. Russell Martin is only on loan from Norwich.

But McNair offers much more than that. Able to play in defence or in midfield, where he’s proved he can score goals, the 16-time Northern Ireland international could find his feet again at Rangers and would relish working under Gerrard.

At just 23 he’s got his best years in front of him and bagging him while he’s under the radar could prove to be one of the best bits of business of the summer.

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