Aston Villa are looking north of the border to solve their creative woes, with the club reported to be tracking in-form Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod.
The Sutton Coldfield Observer claim that manager Paul Lambert sent a scout to watch the 20-year-old turn out for his club in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Alloa Athletic, with his performance said to have left a strong impression.
Macleod has scored eight goals in 17 total appearances for Rangers this season, and his impressive form saw him rewarded with his first full Scotland call-up earlier this month for the matches against the Republic of Ireland and England.
While Gordon Strachan allowed him to re-join his club for the match on the weekend, the Under-21 international is now back with the squad and could earn his senior debut in the friendly against the Three Lions at Celtic Park on Tuesday night.
“I don't expect to play but it will be a great experience training and you couldn't get two bigger games to be involved in,” Macleod said at the time of his call-up.
“If I get any game time at all I'll be more than happy.
“It's a massive step. It was a big step playing with the 21s and it will be hard but I'm looking forward to it. It can only benefit me.”
With Villa desperate for a more attacking presence from midfield, and there serious doubt over Fabian Delph’s future at the club, Macleod’s potential signing would make clear sense given he features in the same left-central role, but it remains to be seen whether an approach would be planned for either the winter or summer transfer window.
With Rangers’ financial troubles, his asking price could at least be affordable, but one would assume that the Claret and Blues will have other possible suitors to contend with if his impressive outings continue over the coming months.