Lewis Macleod plays down speculation of shock Rangers return following January exit

Griffin Park entrance, Brentford

Former Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod has played down talk of a return to the club this summer.

Brentford midfielder Lewis Macleod has told The Scottish Sun that, whilst he does want to return to Rangers one day, a summer move isn't on the cards.

Macleod, 21, joined Rangers at the age of ten back in 2004, and came up through the ranks at Ibrox before establishing himself as a key first team member during the club's rise up the divisions.

With 16 goals in 74 games for Rangers, Macleod became a burgeoning talent in Scottish football - but Rangers' financial troubles led to his eventual exit just six months ago.

It was Championship club Brentford who swooped to land Macleod in the January transfer window, though injury problems mean that Macleod has yet to make his debut for the Bees.

Ironically, it was newly-appointed Rangers manager Mark Warburton who signed Macleod, and the Daily Record recently reported that a reunion could be on the cards at Ibrox this summer.

However, Macleod has now told The Scottish Sun that now isn't the right time to return to Ibrox, though he would like to one day.

"I’ve always said that Rangers are my club and I would want to go back some day," said Macleod. "But I’ve just moved down here and I’ve not even started yet as far as I’m concerned. Brentford are my priority," he added.

Loan deal - a good option?

Whilst Macleod may not be keen on a permanent return to Rangers just yet, a loan deal could work perfectly for all involved.

The youngster needs first team football, and having struggled with injuries at Brentford so far, he may not receive that under new manager Marinus Dijkhuizen.

Instead, a move to Ibrox would not only see him reunite with Warburton, but also return to Rangers, the club where he made his name - and a six-month loan deal would help him develop under his former manager.

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