If Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha had already set his sights on signing Kenny McLean this summer, as reported by the Scottish Sun, his superb performance at Ibrox on Wednesday night will hardly have dampened the Portuguese’s interest.
The 25-year-old was in inspired form as The Dons embarrassed Rangers with a 2-1 win in Glasgow in midweek, cementing their status as Scotland’s second best team.
Caixinha, who claimed before the game that The Dons were coming to the end of their cycle, should probably avoid creating any more headlines for a while.
Though he could take sweet revenge by attempting to entice Aberdeen’s star man to Ibrox this summer. According to the Scottish Sun, McLean is one of Caixinha’s top transfer targets as he attempts to overhaul Rangers’ squad this summer.
The technically gifted midfielder would cost a seven-figure sum despite having just a year to run on his contract. However, if his performance on Wednesday is anything to go by, he’d be worth every penny.
Dynamic and creative, McLean comfortably out-shone, out-ran and out-thought Jason Holt and Josh Windass in the Rangers engine room. If there was a Player of the Season award created specifically for stars outside Celtic, McLean would surely be the frontrunner.
Therefore, the fact that Rangers released him from their youth system without ever giving him a chance to get near the first-team only applies further salt to the wounds.
To put it simply, McLean is more gifted than any of the players at Caixinha’s disposal right now. So just imagine how much he’d improve the starting XI if Rangers pulled off one of the biggest coups in modern Scottish football.