Rangers must repeat Dorrans move, handing James McArthur dream Ibrox move - for nothing

James McArthur of Crystal Palace takes the ball away from Danny Rowe of Ipswich during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town at Selhurst Park on August...

James McArthur is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

James McArthur of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in...James McArthur of Crystal Palace

Whilst Rangers are still some way behind Old Firm rivals Celtic – as the recent 2-0 defeat and the league table show – there have been some positive steps under Pedro Caixinha in 2017.

To stand any chance of catching the Bhoys, Rangers must be smart in the transfer market, and fans would no doubt love to see more boyhood Gers fans arrive at Ibrox, understanding the expectations levels at Rangers whilst also being familiar with Scottish football.

Rangers pulled off that exact move over the summer, as they managed to pull off a coup by bringing midfielder Graham Dorrans to Ibrox from Norwich City, handing him the move to play for the club he grew up supporting.

James McArthur of Crystal Palace takes the ball away from Danny Rowe of Ipswich during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town at Selhurst Park on August...

So many other players have had the same dream of turning out for Rangers, and Caixinha's men must exploit that in a bid to target similar deals to Dorrans' arrival, with James McArthur fitting the bill.

McArthur, 30, was born in Glasgow but made his name with Hamilton Academical, before moving on to Wigan Athletic, becoming an important player at the DW Stadium to earn a 2014 move to Crystal Palace.

Now with more than 150 Premier League appearances under his belt, McArthur faces a crucial year, as his contract with struggling Crystal Palace ends next summer, meaning he will become a free agent – and with Palace not knowing what division they will be in, McArthur is in limbo.

Wayne Rooney of England tussles with James McArthur of Scotland during the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on November 11, 2016 in...Wayne Rooney of England tussles with James McArthur of Scotland

With Rangers looking for bargain signings to help them close the gap to Celtic, McArthur fits the bill just like Dorrans did; McArthur admitted to The Scottish Sun in 2016 (since deleted) that he has long dreamed of playing for Rangers, and would be open to a move if they ever wanted him.

Rangers' weak midfield performance in the recent defeat to Celtic means that Caixinha may well need another player in his engine room, and this is the perfect opportunity to land McArthur for absolutely nothing when his contract expires.

Having landed one Rangers-supporting Scotland international in Dorrans, the Gers should be looking to repeat the trick with McArthur in 2018, in what would be another major coup for Caixinha and co.

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