Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is expected to oversee a massive turnover of players at Ibrox this summer when he takes the reins officially on Friday – and one player he must try to bring to Ibrox is Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair.
The Northern Ireland international was part of the Sunderland side relegated to League One and a huge clearout could well be on the cards as new Black Cats manager Jack Ross build his side to fight for promotion straight back to the Championship.
With reported interest in McNair from the Premier League, according to the Sunderland Echo, the Gers will need to move quickly to get their man.
McNair is a boyhood Gers fan and a move to Ibrox would surely be tempting for the former Manchester United youngster after seeing his side drop to the third tier of the English league.
After an injury-hit season that saw McNair only make 18 appearances for Sunderland, scoring five times, a fresh start away from Sunderland could help the Northern Irish international get back to the highest level.
McNair’s versatility could also be a massive plus for the Gers with the 23-year-old comfortable in a number of positions in defence and midfield – and he could even be a potential replacement for James Tavernier if the former Wigan star was to be sold this summer.
Whether Sunderland are prepared to sell or not remains to be seen but the Gers must ask the question of the Black Cats and add some real quality to Gerrard’s squad ahead of the start of the season in July.
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