By Harry Sykes
Rangers are in hot pursuit of Hearts winger Jamie Walker and Aberdeen central midfielder Kenny McLean, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that the Ibrox club remain keen on signing Walker, 24, and McLean, 25, from their Scottish Premiership rivals.
It is said that Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is keen to seal the deals for the proven pair before the transfer window shuts next month.
The Scottish giants have already signed nine players this summer in a massive revamp of the squad that had such a wretched 2016-17 campaign.
Rangers suffered Europa League qualification humiliation earlier this month but have showed encouraging signs in their last three pre-season matches, which have yielded two wins and a draw.
Caixinha’s side secured a notable 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday yesterday (Sunday), thanks to goals from Josh Windass and Kenny Miller.
The manager will now set his sights on completing deals for his two main targets.
Walker has just one year remaining on his contract with Hearts and will be available to leave on a free transfer next summer as it stands.
McLean, who has also has one year left on his deal, made 53 appearances for Aberdeen last season, scoring five goals and supplying five assists from midfield.
Football Insider verdict:
After the huge influx of foreign imports, it is clear Caixinha is now focusing on signing proven Scottish Premiership performers. About time, too. There is a real hit-or-miss feel about Rangers’ summer shopping and they need to land a few more players who have showed they can deliver in the top flight. McLean and Walker will be able to hit the ground running in a way most of the signings to date will struggle to match. Push those deals over the line, and the club are on the right track.
In other Rangers news, the club are eyeing a swoop for a top-flight duo and have already tabled one major bid.