Rangers should bring Brentford's MacLeod back to Ibrox

Lewis MacLeod scores for Rangers during the Scottish League Cup Quarter final between Rangers and St Johnstoneat Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox club Rangers are likely to be busy in the January transfer window.

Lewis MacLeod (R) of Rangers goal celebration during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

One of the top priorities in Derek McInnes' in-tray at Ibrox should be adding a winger to Rangers' ranks in the January transfer window, as the Gers struggle to offer any attacking threat from the flanks.

It has seen interim manager Graeme Murty drop Daniel Candeias and play a diamond formation that sees Carlos Pena play behind Kenny Miller and Josh Windass, a system which orchestrated two wins in two against Aberdeen last week.

However, Scottish Premiership opponents will become accustomed to the Gers' diamond formation in no time at all, and can easily defend against such a narrow system by playing defensively narrow themselves.

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

McInnes is yet to be appointed but his arrival at Ibrox seems inevitable, and he will acknowledge that width is pivotal. Bringing a player in that can have an immediate impact in the Light Blue of Rangers from the left flank - Candeias is more than capable on the right - is crucial.

McInnes should target someone who understands Scottish football; someone who knows what it is like to represent the Gers in an Old Firm derby against bitter rivals Celtic.

That should see him turn his attentions to assist machine Lewis MacLeod, who has finally overcome a long-term knee injury during his time at Brenford.

Scott Linton of Dumbarton vies with Lewis MacLeod of Rangers during the Scottish Championship League Match between Rangers and Dumbarton, at Ibrox Stadium on August 23, 2014 Glasgow,...

Moving down south from Rangers in 2015 to the London club, 23-year-old MacLeod has managed just 15 appearances for the Bees after suffering the problem last season. In that time, though, he has still managed to provide four assists.

During his 76 appearances for the Ibrox club, MacLeod had a hand in 31 goals for Rangers as he scored 16 and laid on 15, and that kind of creativity in attacking precision in the final third from out wide is just what the Gers are missing.

MacLeod's vision and ability cross dangerously from the left flank and set pieces could be the difference in seeing the Gers begin to increase the gap between themselves and the rest of the Scottish Premiership, excluding Celtic.

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