By Danny Wright

17th Apr, 2018 | 11:51am

Mark Allen must hijack bid to sign goal machine dubbed by Rangers fans as 'Scottish Messi'


Rangers may be set to miss out on signing January target Oli McBurnie after it was reported that he is due to sign for Leeds United.

The Scottish Sun has reported that McBurnie, 21, is set to snub a new deal at Premier League club Swansea and sign for Leeds after enjoying a prolific goal scoring spell while on loan at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.

McBurnie is a massive Rangers fan and even went to Hampden Park on Sunday to watch his beloved Gers play against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Gers fans have been crying out for the Glasgow giants to go out and sign McBurnie up before anyone else, but now Mark Allen is left with no option but to hijack Leeds’ bid to sign the Scotland international if he wants to appease the Ibrox faithful.

After McBurnie scored his eighth goal in 13 appearances for Barnsley on Saturday, Rangers fans were left urging the club to sign him, with one even dubbing him as ‘the Scottish Messi‘.

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Rangers may find themselves in desperate need of a goal machine like McBurnie next season, especially with Kenny Miller due to leave, Jason Cummings’ loan ending and the chances of renewed interest in Alfredo Morelos.

Director of football Allen simply has to pull off a masterclass to convinve McBurnie to avoid Elland Road and instead sign for the club that is closest to his heart.

In other Rangers news, a new name is in contention for the Light Blues job with this English club manager now second-favourite.

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