Ex-Celtic academy star O'Donnell would be excellent Rangers signing

Yoshimar Yotun of Peru fights for the ball against Stephen O'Donnell of Scotland during the international friendly match between Peru and Scotland at Estadio Nacional de Lima on May 29,...

Steven Gerrard is set to continue his Ibrox revamp after starting work at Rangers last week.

Mexico's Raul Jimenez (L), Scotland's Stephen O'Donnell (C) and Scotland's Oliver McBurnie vie for the ball during their international friendly football match at the Azteca stadium in...

Kilmarnock's Stephen O'Donnell starred for Scotland during their recent friendlies against Mexico and Peru, and Steven Gerrard should be keeping tabs on the Killie defender ahead of this summer's transfer window.

Somewhat of a nobody, O'Donnell moved to Kilmarnock last summer from English minnows Luton Town but the 26-year-old has gone from strength to strength at Rugby Park under Steve Clarke.

Now, the impressive right-back has added two Scotland caps to his career highlights, as he made his bow in the 2-0 defeat to Peru before featuring for the entire 90 minutes against Mexico.

Stephen O'Donnell of Kilmarnock vies with Stuart Armstrong of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on May 9, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

O'Donnell has certainly deserved to earn his place under Alex McLeish at Scotland level, after a wonderful campaign that saw him score four goals and add five assists from the right side of defence in 44 appearances.

The Gers could be after a new right-back this summer, after the Daily Mirror claimed Premier League trio Everton, Burnley and Swansea City are all interested in former Newcastle United defender James Tavernier.

Tavernier was one of Rangers' best players throughout the 2017-18 campaign and it comes as little surprise the the right-sided flyer is being linked with a move away from Ibrox.

Stephen O'Donnell of Kilmarnock vies with Scott Sinclair of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park on May 9, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

If Gerrard does indeed fail to keep Tavernier north of the border and away from the Premier League's clutches, then surely O'Donnell would be the perfect replacement.

Indeed O'Donnell may have a point to prove to Old Firm rivals Celtic, after he was allowed to leave just two years after moving to Parkhead's academy from Aberdeen in 2009. He joined Partick Thistle in 2011.

Failing to make a single appearance without being given a go, O'Donnell and Rangers could be the perfect mix if Tavernier leaves as the defender will want to show what Celtic missed out on.

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