Rangers reignite interest in enforcer after failed summer bid - report
By Richard Parks
Rangers are set to make another move to sign Aberdeen central midfielder Kenny McLean in January, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim that the Light Blues are lining up a swoop for the 25-year-old after they had a £300,000 bid rejected in the summer.
It is said that Dons manager Derek McInnes was determined to resist interest in McLean as he set out to rebuild his squad following a series of high-profile exits led by Jonny Hayes heading to Celtic.
The Daily Record report that Aberdeen are keen to secure McLean to a new contract to replace his current deal, which expires next summer.
The former St Mirren player is free to talk to interested clubs in the January window.
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McLean has made 15 appearances for Rangers this season, which have yielded two goals and one assist.
Football Insider verdict:
McLean is a midfield enforcer who would bring some dynamism to Rangers in the centre of the pitch. He also knows the SPL inside out and has a fine record for Aberdeen, who have been Celtic’s principal challenges in recent years, since joining in January 2015. After the huge influx of foreign imports, it is clear Pedro Caixinha is now focusing on signing proven Scottish Premiership performers. About time, too. Bruno Alves, Alfredo Morelos and Daniel Candeias have been smart buys – and Carlos Pena and Fabio Cardoso might also prove to be – but Rangers need to land a few more players who have showed they can deliver in the top flight.
In other Rangers transfer news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.