Three reasons why Rangers should avoid signing 28-year-old after reported interest
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Rangers have reportedly been linked with a number players this summer as manager Pedro Caixinha plans to overhaul his squad to improve on their third placing.
On Saturday Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald’s name was the latest to be thrown into the mix with the Sun reporting that newly promoted Brighton could face a tug-of-war with the Gers for his signing.
It was detailed that the Seagulls were even planning a £2million move for the Cottagers star as they plan to add players who they believe can keep them in the Premier League.
However, here Football Insider have identified three reasons why the Gers should avoid a move for McDondald this summer:
Lack of experience
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Now, McDonald is 28, but he has never received a full international cap for Scotland, while his only season spent in a top-flight of any country came in the 2009-10 campaign for Burnley. The midfield playmaker has spent the majority of his career in the English Championship, while between 2010 and 2014 he was even playing in England’s third tier. Rangers were scouring the English Football League’s for targets last season under Mark Warburton, but it is now felt that they need established internationals who played at the highest level and McDonald simply doesn’t boast that experience during his career.
If Brighton are planning a £2million deal for McDonald then Fulham would certainly expect the same from Rangers. But, the Gers haven’t spent as much as £2million since bringing in Nikica Jelavic for £4million in the summer of 2010. It is felt that the club are now running at a budget and their last two windows since their promotion has proved this as they spent just £2.3million on 12 senior players. The Gers budgets may have been raised this summer to improve the squad as well as Europa League money now coming in. However, it probably hasn’t been raised too much and McDonald simply isn’t worth spending a large chunk of their budget on.
Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Carlos Pena all better
It was felt that Rangers needed some new central midfielders this summer given the departures of both Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman. Now, they have already secured Jack on a free transfer, while Pena is reportedly waiting on a work permit before completing his move to Ibrox and the Gers are now said to have made a concrete bid to Norwich for Dorrans. All three of the aforementioned are much better than McDonald with Jack captaining second placed Aberdeen in the Premiership last season, while Dorrans has regularly featured in the Premier League and Pena is a 19-time capped Mexico international. Three midfielders is also probably enough for Rangers this summer, given that Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter are expected to make their way back from injury, while Andrew Halliday and Jason Holt are also still in the team. Therefore, there simply wouldn’t be enough room for McDonald in the Gers squad.
In other Rangers news, Norwich have responded to the Gers’ bid for Dorrans.