Report: Rangers made attractive offer to Dylan McGeouch before he chose Sunderland

Former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard gestures as he is introduced to supporters inside Ibrox stadium after being unveiled as Rangers' new manager in Glasgow, Scotland on May...

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers have been snubbed by Dylan McGeouch, who has swapped Hibernian for League One Sunderland instead.

Dylan McGeouch of Hibernian gestures to the Hibs fans at the final whistle during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017...

It should not be underestimated just how impressive Sunderland’s signing of Dylan McGeouch really is.

The former Celtic youngster has just enjoyed the best season of his career north of the border, starring in a Hibernian side that finished fourth in their first season back in the top flight while being rewarded with a long-awaited international debut in Scotland colours.

After rejecting a new contract with Hibernian, McGeouch has become Sunderland’s latest signing as they aim to escape from League One at the first time of asking.

Hirving Lozano (L) of Mexico struggles for the ball against Dylan Mcgeouch (R) of Scotland at Estadio Azteca on June 2, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.

And, to make the deal even more impressive, the Northern Echo points out that Scottish Premiership giants Rangers had made a very attractive offer to the 25-year-old free agent.

Steven Gerrard’s side were heavily linked with the gifted McGeouch before Sunderland emerged as front-runners, but this is the first time that reports have emerged that Rangers actually offered him a contract.

Dylan McGeouch of Hibernian celebrates after he scores his team's second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on April...

Gerrard’s arrival at Ibrox has given Rangers much more pulling power in the transfer market but McGeouch, who represented the Glasgow giants at youth level between 2008 and 2011, obviously felt that Sunderland represented a better opportunity despite suffering successive relegations in the last two seasons.

Missing out on one of the best midfielders in Scotland is undoubtedly a blow for Rangers, albeit one softened by the arrivals of Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria.

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