Rangers in hot pursuit of Middlesbrough player - report

Rangers are in hot pursuit of Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing ahead of the summer window, according to the Gazette.

The regional newspaper claim the Glasgow giants are weighing up an approach for the 34-year-old, who is out of contract at Boro in the summer and available on a free contract.

The Gazette report that Gers manager Steven Gerrard has identified Downing as a potential recruit and that the player would be interested in linking up again with his former Liverpool and England colleague.

Football Insider verdict:

Oh, dear. Have Rangers learned nothing from the Joey Barton and Bruno Alves transfers, not to mention the hardly gamechanging Gareth McAuley, Jermaine Defoe and Steven Davis signings of this season? If the Light Blues are to secure their 55th title after a near decade-long fallow spell, they need players who can still deliver the goods, not ones with severely restricted mobility playing off memory. Downing will not be picked again by Middlesbrough again this season due to a clause in his contract which means another appearance would trigger a 12-month extension. Given that he has scored just two goals and supplied one assist from 30 league matches this season, it’s fair to say Downing’s days as a regular matchwinner at that level are over. There are no indications Downing, who once cost Liverpool £20million and is earning £35,000-a-week at Boro, would be any more successful in the SPL, where the standard of the top matches are broadly similar to the English Championship.

In other Rangers transfer news, are the club about to sign a soon-available Celtic player?

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