Former Ibrox scout John Brown tells story about how Rangers could've signed Jamie Vardy

Ex-Rangers scout John Brown claims he wanted the club to sign Jamie Vardy.

Former Rangers scout John Brown has told The Scottish Mail on Sunday that he urged the club to sign Jamie Vardy, as seen on Press Reader.

Vardy, 28, has hit 12 goals in the Premier League this season, including a stunning record of nine goals in his last nine games to take English football by storm.

The Leicester City star has now earned call-ups to the England squad, capping off his meteoric rise to prominence following a career in non-league football.

A former Sheffield Wednesday scholar, Vardy dropped in to non-league with Stocksbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town, before moving on to Leicester City in 2012.

Vardy's story has given hope to non-league stars that they too can make the jump up to the Premier League, and many teams are regretting that they didn't sign Vardy when he was available in non-league.

One such club may well be Rangers, after former Ibrox scout John Brown told The Scottish Mail on Sunday that he urged the club to sign Vardy whilst the striker was playing for Fleetwood, but stated that the dysfunctional nature of the club hindered them in the transfer market.

"I saw Vardy half a dozen times and reported he'd be a revelation in Scotland," said Brown. "He was sensational. I thought he'd batter defences up here. I'd never seen a striker work as hard. The energy he had was incredible and, even in heavy conditions, he was operating at the same pace from the first minute to last."

"He didn't give defenders a second. His eye for goal I likened to Ian Rush. He was good enough to score between 30 and 40 goals a season in the Scottish top flight - easily. I'm convinced Rangers would've got him hands down - and before Leicester - if the club was run well because we were in the Premier League at the time. What would you pay for him now? £40m? I think we might have got him for £600,000," he added.

Now in the Scottish Championship, Rangers can't afford to have many more slip-ups like they did with Vardy, but with manager Mark Warburton at the helm and new owner Dave King, there certainly seems to be a better structure in place at Ibrox - and with new head of recruitment Frank McParland in place, a better scouting system should follow for Rangers.

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