Rangers signing Aberdeen's Kenny McLean could threaten Niko Kranjcar's revival

Pedro Caixinha poses with a team shirt after he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on March 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

After missing out on Kenny McLean in the summer, Rangers are reportedly plotting another swoop for The Dons midfielder.

Pedro Caixinha poses with a team shirt after he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on March 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers may have brought in ten new signings in the summer to reinforce a squad that finished a distant third behind Celtic and Aberdeen last season but that does not mean Pedro Caixinha’s rebuilding project is finished just yet.

According to the Scottish Sun, Caixinha is weighing up a January swoop for Dons midfielder Kenny McLean after failing to do a deal in the summer. Aberdeen were understandably reluctant to lose another key player to a direct rival after skipper Ryan Jack moved to Ibrox in June.

However, McLean is out of contract in the summer like fellow Rangers targets Jamie Walker and Louis Moult, giving the Glasgow giants hope that they will complete a deal eventually.

Kenny McLean of Aberdeen vies with Mehdi Kirch of CS Fola Esch during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round, First Leg match between Aberdeen and CS Fola Esch at Pittodrie Stadium...

And McLean, an energetic and technically gifted midfielder who was arguably Aberdeen’s star performer as they finished second last season, would be an excellent addition for a Rangers side who have already strengthened impressively in the summer.

Energy over age

However, one man who may not welcome the one-time Scotland international with open arms is a certain Niko Kranjcar.

The 33-year-old missed the vast majority of last season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury early in the season and is only now starting to feature regularly after returning to full fitness.

Niko Kranjcar Rangers  during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kranjcar has featured in each of Rangers’ last three Scottish Premiership games and appears to be on the right track once again. However, the veteran Croatian has divided supporters so far with his age seemingly catching up to him and McLean could be seen as a long-term successor in the centre of the park.

Though not quite blessed with Kranjcar’s Balkan ball skills, McLean combines both grit and guile and would appear a good fit for an energetic Caixinha side.

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