Rangers plot raid of league rivals for 23-year-old enforcer - Sky

By Danny Wright

Rangers are planning to raid league rivals Motherwell for centre-back Ben Heneghan, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim in their Transfer Centre blog at 4:55pm on May 10 that the Light Blues are one of three clubs that are interested in the Wells enforcer.

It is understood that Heneghan is expected to leave the Scottish Premiership club as he only has a year left to run on his current deal.

Sky’s sources claim that Reading and Cardiff have also made enquiries to the former England C international’s availability.

Heneghan has made 40 appearances for Motherwell this season in all competitions but his side currently face the possibility of being relegated to the second tier of Scottish football as they sit in 11th place with three games to play.

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The 23-year-old began his career in the academies of both Everton and Stoke before he secured a contract at National League club Chester after he was released by the Potters in 2014.

He made 84 appearances for Chester before moving to Motherwell last summer on a two-year deal.

Rangers are thought to be looking to make big improvements to their defence this season after a number of development squad players have been called up to the first-team to stand in for their injury, or out-of-form, teammates.

The Daily Mail and Scottish Sun have both reported that centre-backs Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos will be leaving Ibrox at the end of the campaign when their contracts end.

Football Insider Verdict

Currently, Motherwell are the second worst team in the Scottish Premiership and also have the second worst defensive record, which begs the question – why is Caixinha looking at a player that has featured in all but one of their league games this season? Rangers need defensive reinforcements but a player that was not long ago playing in the English non-league cannot be expected to be an improvement on the outgoing duo of Hill and Senderos. David Bates has done a decent job stepping into the first-team and he has helped keep the same amount of clean sheets in the league as Heneghan has in just four appearances, so surely he would be a better bet than the Wells man?

In other Rangers news, Myles Beerman has said what the Light Blues must do now they’ve qualified for Europe.

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