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Rangers Desperate For Aberdeen Midfielder: Can He Be A Decent Addition For Caixinha’s Troops?

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Under the tutelage of Pedro Caixinha, Rangers have accumulated 17 points from 9 games so far in the Scottish Premiership and are currently placed 3rd in the league table. Caixinha did pencil some astute signings during the summer transfer window, with the likes of Graham Dorrans, Carlos Pena, Bruno Alves, Eduardo Herrera, Daniel Candeias and Ryan Jack being,  given their consent in order to ink a move to the Ibrox Stadium.

However, considering that the Gers are six points behind their arch-rivals Celtic in the league standings, they should attempt to inject a galvanizing name or two during the January transfer window.

One of the players Caixinha was interested to sign during the summer (and is still interested) was Aberdeen’s midfielder Kenny McLean. The Glasgow giants had made a bid of £300,000 to prise him out of the Pittodrie Stadium, but the Dons didn’t sanction the move as they had already lost Jonny Hayes, Niall McGinn, Peter Pawlett and Ash Taylor.

McLean’s contract with Aberdeen ends at the end of the ongoing campaign and a new deal is yet to be agreed upon between the club and the player.

If such a scenario continues to persist, the Light Blues could attempt to make a move for him in January as he is someone who has truckloads of experience and it goes without saying that his entry into Caixinha’s ranks would automatically enhance the calibre of their squad. The Scottish international is a complete package and has immense technical and tactical understanding of the game.

Having emerged through the youth ranks of Rangers and St. Mirren, McLean started to get recognized by the football fraternity after he was promoted to the senior side of the latter.

The Reds then signed him a couple of seasons ago after his fine spell with the Saints and ever since he gave his consent to join Aberdeen, he has played a pivotal role for the club. Predominantly a central midfielder, he is capable of plying his trade down the left and has the physical strength and hard-working attitude to toil relentlessly.

The 25-year-old is an excellent passer of the ball and his knack to join his teammates during the attacking endeavours make him an appealing commodity. Besides, he reads the game well and is a calm and composed figure in the middle of the park. Rangers do need to add some Scottish talents, who are well accustomed with Scottish Premiership, and someone like McLean perfectly fits the bill.

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