Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Former Manchester City defender Ellis Plummer is poised to join Motherwell ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash against Rangers this weekend, Football Insider sources understand.

A number of clubs have expressed an interest in signing Plummer, 22, this summer after he became a free agent following the expiry of his City contract at the end of June.

A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that the centre-back has decided to take up the option to move back to Scotland with Motherwell in search of regular first-team football.

He is hoping to finalise terms and be in contention to feature in Sunday lunchtime’s Scottish Premiership opener with Rangers at Fir Park.

Plummer joined City’s academy from Stockport in 2006 and was highly regarded by the club’s hierarchy.

The youngster, who can play as a central defender or at left full-back, never made a senior appearance for City, but was a regular in the club’s Under-23s squad for the last couple of seasons.

Plummer has had two previous spells out on loan from City, spending a month at Oldham Athletic in 2013, where he made four appearances, and in the 2014/15 campaign he joined Scottish Premiership side St Mirren on a season-long agreement.

He impressed during his loan stint at St Mirren, making seven appearances for the club before City cut short his stay.

In other Rangers transfer news, they are ready to push the button on two new signings.

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