Ibrox Exclusive: McNamara claims Rangers poised to sign a 'potentially special' player


Jackie McNamara has hailed Liverpool attacker Sheyi Ojo as a “potentially special” player for Rangers next season.

Football Insider reported last week that the Ibrox giants are in talks to sign the 21-year-old winger on a season-long loan as Steven Gerrard once again aims to take advantage of his connections at his former club.

The Rangers manager has earmarked left-footed Ojo to be used in a right-sided attacking role and promised him he will be trusted with a regular role in his side after a number of mixed loan moves.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Scotland and Celtic legend McNamara is not surprised that Gerrard is raiding Liverpool once again after recruiting Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria on loan last summer.

“Gerrard did well to get Ryan Kent and he would love to have him back next season,” he said. “I can understand why he would want Ojo. Sometimes as a manager, it is important to know what the player’s attitude is like and to know what you are getting.

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“Playing for Rangers is different to playing Under-23s football – the pressure, the expectation to win every match. If Ojo is anywhere near as good as Kent he could be a potentially special player for them. I’m not surprised they want him.”

Kent ended his year on loan at Ibrox with the Scottish Young Player of the Year award and his value has catapulted to around the £12million mark amid interest interest in him from clubs south of the border as well as Rangers this summer.

Ojo is an England Under-21 international who has just completed a disappointing loan at French club Reims, following more successful previous spells at Wolves and Fulham.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have scrapped plans to sign 23-year-old permanently due to the stunning emergence of an Ibrox man.