Rangers' attempts to sign three of Scotland’s most highly-rated players on pre-contract agreements came to nothing in the end.
The Sunday Post claimed in December that the Gers were hoping to tie down Hearts winger Jamie Walker after failing to sign him in the summer. Eventually, however, Walker joined Wigan Athletic for a cut-price deal.
Meanwhile, Kenny McLean looks set to stay at Aberdeen for now despite his deal expiring in the summer and former Motherwell striker Louis Moult headed to Preston rather than Ibrox.
But there are other bargain signings Rangers could target this month. Like Walker, McLean and Moult, Dundee’s Mark O’Hara went into the new year with his contract due to run out at the end of this season and, as it stands, he still has not committed his future to Dundee.
The Daily Record reports that there is interest from Motherwell. But time will tell whether Rangers will be tempted to take a punt on a player who scored twice against them in a 2-1 win for Dundee back in November.
O’Hara enjoyed a superb end to the calendar year, reinventing himself as a goal-scoring midfielder, and the 22-year-old is surely set to take his game to a new level in 2018.
Rangers know first-hand just what a talent O’Hara is and, with no one in Graeme Murty’s squad particularly prolific from central midfield, the Dundee youngster’s precarious contract situation should give the Ibrox giants plenty to consider.