Contact made: Manager hopeful over Rangers midfielder deal
By Matt Farr
Scunthorpe manager Graham Alexander has confirmed he has made contact with Rangers over a potential deal for Matt Crooks.
The 23-year-old midfielder spent the second-half of last season on loan at the League One club, where he contributed three goals and one assist from 12 appearances.
However, with Crooks returning to Rangers ahead of pre-season, Scunthorpe manager Alexander admits that he would like to extended his stay at Glanford Park.
But Alexander also revealed that while he had made contact with the Scottish club over a potential deal for Crooks this summer, they were yet to supply him with a response.
He told the Scottish Sun: “We’ve spoken with Rangers to try and find out Matt Crooks’ situation.
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“It’s a bit difficult at the moment as he’s still injured from his time with us so we are waiting on information coming back from them on what the situation is.
“They obviously have got a new manager who hasn’t seen him play so there is a little bit of a waiting game going on with us to see what they want to do with him.”
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Crooks at Ibrox next term, as the player has yet to feature under manager Pedro Caixinha, with Crooks offloaded prior to the arrival of the Portuguese in March.
But should Caixinha choose to make Crooks available for loan or in a permanent transfer this summer, Alexander and Scunthorpe will be ready to welcome him back with open arms.
Crooks, made just three appearances for Rangers last season following his arrival at the club in the summer, but failed to make an impact at Ibrox.
He had struggled with injury throughout the campaign, where he missed their opening seven Scottish Premiership matches with an ankle injury.
But he also missed the end of the campaign due to a knee injury, forcing him out of Scunthorpe’s final four league matches.
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