Aberdeen man would be perfect for Glasgow Rangers, but for FIFA rules

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers manager Mark Warburton hopes to add an attacking midfielder to his Ibrox ranks.

Glasgow Rangers manager Mark Warburton's search for Niko Kranjcar's stand-in has taken him overseas, he says (Daily Record). However, the ideal replacement would be right on his doorstep, but for FIFA rules.

Squint and you could perhaps mistake Aberdeen's James Maddison for a Benfica or Bayern Munich player, but the twinkle-toed 20-year-old is all British.


Aberdeen's James Maddison and Greenock Morton's Jai Quitongo in action

Maddison has lit up the Scottish Premiership since moving to Pittodrie on loan, as Rangers know all too well, having been on the receiving end of the playmaker's match-winning free-kick there back in September.

With his spell as a Don due to expire next month, it is hard to believe that - with two goals and six assists in 12 appearances so far - Maddison would not have featured on Warburton's Gers shortlist, with parent club Norwich City unlikely to need him back before the end of this season.

But having played once for Norwich already this season, Maddison can not now play for another club besides Aberdeen until the campaign is out, as per the regulations imposed by FIFA.

And in all likelihood, the former Coventry City player will extend his stay at Pittodrie by another six months, by which point Kranjcar should be back in the fold for Rangers.

Ranger's Niko Kranjcar in action with Burnley's Scott Arfield

Despite his Aberdeen affinity, the lure of Ibrox would have certainly given Maddison something to think about, and Warburton would be wise to bear him in mind for when Kranjcar's time with Rangers has come to an end.

Provided Norwich don't want him, that is.

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