Latest reports from the Daily Record indicates that Steven Gerrard has kept Fulham’s Kevin McDonald as an alternative option if they fail to land Southampton’s Steven Davis in the ongoing transfer period. The former Rangers midfielder is heavily linked with a second stint and Southampton are even willing to let him leave for free this month.
All Rangers need to do is finalise the personal terms and it is believed that Davis wants a two year deal at Ibrox. The midfielder currently earns £60,000 a week, and it remains to be seen what kind of offer Rangers are going to make to him. In case a deal does not materialise, Fulham’s McDonald could be eyed as a backup option.
It is believed that Fulham are willing to let the midfielder leave as he has fallen down the pecking order ever since Claudio Ranieri took over. The 30-year-old has also managed to break into Scotland’s national team off late. McDonald has his contract until 2020 with the Cottagers.
We highly doubt that Rangers would mess up a deal for Davis as everyone involved looks willing to make this work as Southampton, Rangers and the player himself are on the same page. As for agreeing on personal terms, even McDonald would be on high wages given that he plays for an English top flight club.
The Bears should look to bring someone who has a connection with the fans. Davis can also provide that creative spark in midfield, and he will add that much-needed experience in the middle of the park. The Southampton man has experience of winning big titles with the Gers, and he was also part of the Rangers team which made it to 2008 UEFA Cup final.
McDonald, on the other hand, is a slightly more defensive minded midfielder and the Gers have the likes of Ross McCrorie and Ryan Jack who can play that role. Not to forget, Fulham aren’t going to be as generous as the Saints as Cottagers would definitely demand a decent amount of transfer fee for McDonald whereas someone like Davis can come for free this month.
So its a no-brainer for us that Rangers should look to do everything they can to land Davis. Even if they fail to get him, we would advise Gerrard to go for a more creative midfielder instead of a conservative one like McDonald. It’s true that Davis isn’t too attacking himself, but he can definitely do a job in that kind of role when required.