By Derek Smithson
Rangers have moved to sign Aberdeen ace Kenny McLean, according to a report.
The Glasgow Evening Times claim that the Gers have stepped up their interest in the 25-year-old and submitted a bid for him.
It is understood that it will take a seven-figure fee for the Dons to consider selling one of their star players this summer.
Rangers have been extremely busy in the transfer market so far and recruited eight new players, including midfielder Ryan Jack from Aberdeen.
They have also welcomed Carlos Pena, Eduardo Herrera, Alfredo Morelos, Fabio Cardoso, Daniel Candeias, Bruno Alves and Dalcio to Ibrox.
Pedro Caixinha’s side are now looking to secure another player from top-flight rivals Aberdeen, who finished above them in the league table last season in second.
McLean was an ever-present in the Aberdeen starting line-up and made 53 appearances across all competitions, scoring five goals and supplying five assists in return.
The central midfielder is renowned for his attacking instincts and can be used on the left if needed.
He has one international cap for Scotland under his belt and did feature in Gordon Strachan’s most recent squad.
Football Insider verdict:
Rangers’ summer spending shows no signs of slowing down and targeting players with experience of Scottish football could be a sensible idea. Caixinha has recruited a number of players with great experience and quality, but most of them are unproven in Scotland. McLean would be a strong addition if he moved to Ibrox and has proven in recent years his composure for Aberdeen. The central midfielder is has played 111 times for the Dons and is now entering the peak of his career. He is looking to cement his position in the Scotland squad and moving to Rangers could help him do that. However, the Gers are also in the race for Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans and he shuld remain a target.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club’s duo are on the radar of an English club.