By Danny Wright

4th Mar, 2018 | 9:04am

Rangers in hunt to sign enforcer from league leaders, fans may lose their minds - report

Rangers are in the hunt to sign Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O’Neill, according to a report.

Australian newspaper Canberra Times reported on their website that the Light Blues are monitoring O’Neill, 23, and are eyeing up a move for him in the summer ahead of the 2018/19 season.

It is understood that the defensive midfielder holds an Irish passport so should not face much difficulty in being able to move to the UK, but it may cause the Gers fans to lose their minds over signing someone who could potentially play for the Republic of Ireland international team in the future.

Rangers have only signed two Irish players in recent history and snapping up another may “raise eyebrows” according to this report.

O’Neill is capped for the Australia Under-23 side but is yet to make it into the senior squad.

He has made 23 appearances in all competitions for Syndey this season, scoring two goals.

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The enforcer’s club are currently leading the Australian A-League table.

Football Insider verdict

O’Neill looks like a very solid player and his Irish passport should not cause as much issue as this report is making out. Greg Docherty is in a similar position. He’s not Irish but could play for the Ireland national team in the future, but he has been welcomed to Ibrox with arms opened wide. O’Neill has a good amount of experience in the A-League but that league is completely different to the Scottish Premiership so switching to the northern hemisphere could prove tough. Mark Allen seems to have his sights on a possible replacement for Sean Goss if he does not sign from QPR permanently.

In other Rangers news, this Premier League playmaker wanted a future at Ibrox in 2011 and this summer is his chance to realise that dream.

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