Reliable journalist: Rangers plot striker hijack, was on course for English Championship
By Abigail Withey
Rangers have made a a last minute enquiry for Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack in a bid to bring him back for a second spell at the Ibrox, according to a reliable journalist.
Graeme Bailey, an insider for The Gambling Times and The Football Show on SiriusXMFC, has revealed that the Glaswegian side has invested their interest in the 31-year-old despite the fact a Championship club were already on the path to signing him.
Bailey claims that despite their interest in resigning the former Scotland international, English side Sunderland are “still expected” to seal a move for the goalscorer.
The journalist shared the information on his verified Twitter account on deadline day.
Rangers have made an enquiry with Aston Villa for their former striker Ross McCormack – Sunderland still expected to seal deal for him.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 31, 2017
McCormack joined Aston Villa last summer in an eight-figure-deal close to £13 million, but he was shipped out on a half-season-long loan to Nottingham Forest just months after signing.
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The Scotsman previously joined Rangers over 10 years ago back in 2006 after spending three years in the Under 20 development squad.
The forward only made 10 appearances for the Light Blues during his half season stint at the Ibroxx where he scored two goals and provided a single assist.
Football Insider verdict
It’s been a long time since McCormack played for Rangers, so a return for the forward is a little strange and out of the blue. Despite not making many appearances when he was last at the club, he was only 20-years-old at the time and has since got a lot of experience under his belt after taking part in a series of loan spells at English Championship sides. Rangers don’t necessarily need the forward though, as Pedro Caixinha has got a really strong set of frontmen including new signings Eduardo Herrera and Alfredo Morelos as well as Kenny Miller and Ryan Hardie.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club have made an emphatic decision in their midfield pursuit.