Rangers' botched Martin Skrtel deal could have implications for Leeds

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United must sign Kyle Bartley as soon as possible, as Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers struggle to bring an alternative target to the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers player Kyle Bartley in action during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round match between Arbroath and Rangers at Gayfield park on January 8, 2012 in Arbroath, Scotland.

Rangers fans are digesting the disappointing news that Martin Skrtel probably won't be joining Steven Gerrard at Ibrox this summer.

The 33-year-old suggested on social media this week that he may stay at Fenerbahce, while his agent said via The Record on Wednesday that the Gers cannot afford the Slovakia international.

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Such a development means that Rangers might focus on Swansa City centre-back Kyle Bartley and if Leeds United are serious about signing him then it's time to get it done.

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers and Leeds are interested in the £5 million-rated defender, who has previously enjoyed loan spells with both clubs.

The report adds that Bartley - who has the same representatives as Gers boss Gerrard - would be "willing" to hear what the Liverpool legend proposes to him.

The Scottish Premiership side are a genuine threat to United's chances of signing Bartley and the development regarding Skrtel could and certainly should increase the urgency from Leeds' perspective.

It's the kick that Leeds' Director of Football Victor Orta needs to take the Whites' interest to the next level. If he winds up at Ibrox, and it emerges that Gerrard focused on him after missing Skrtel then there's nowhere for Orta to hide.

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