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14th Feb, 2017 | 10:29am

Three reasons why Rangers should snap up this former Celtic winger from PL outfit this summer

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Rangers should look to bring out-of-favour Everton star Aiden McGeady to Ibrox after he revealed he wanted to leave Goodison Park.

The 30-year-old told the Lancashire Evening Post that he will consider his options in the summer as he continues to remain on loan with Championship outfit Preston.

He has accepted that he is not part of Ronald Koeman’s long-term plans for the club.

With less than 18 months remaining on his Toffees contract, here are three reasons why the Gers should try to sign former Celtic ace McGeady.

Interest in 22-year-old 

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Barrie McKay has been a rare shining light for the 54-time Scottish champions this term, as he remains one of the Gers only creative sparks. McKay, 22, has laid on 10 goals for his teammates this season, as well as scoring three of his own. The Daily Record claim Bundesliga high flyers RB Leipzig are interested in the young winger, after starring in the Gers 4-0 loss to Leipzig during a pre-season friendly. With McKay potentially on his way out of Ibrox, McGeady should be brought in to replace the in-form academy product.

Scottish Premiership experience with Celtic

McGeady enjoyed huge success with the Bhoys, winning three Scottish Premiership titles during his six-year spell after graduating from the youth academy of Brendan Rodgers’ side. With 144 Scottish Premiership appearances under his belt from his time with the Hoops, that kind of experience could prove crucial to the Gers. Bringing in a former Celtic player could also add to the intensity of the Old Firm rivalry, which could give the blue half of Glasgow a helping hand in trying to claw in Celtic next season.

Lack of creativity

The Gers have managed just 32 goals in 24 top-flight encounters, and they now sit in third place in the Scottish Premiership. Bringing in McGeady, who had a hand in 70 goals during his time at Celtic, would be a huge signing as the 86-time Ireland international knows how to find the back of the net or provide an assist for someone else. Scoring 25 of those 70 goals, McGeady has also conjured up 45 assists and that eye for goal and precision in the final third would bolster Rangers’ attacking ranks ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. McGeady has proved he’s still got it, with a hand in nine goals in 19 Championship outings for Preston North End this season.

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