The Manchester United midfielder was not allowed to leave the next month, nor did Jose Mourinho let him go on loan in the summer. But it appears that the Special One has had a change of heart.
The Sun is now reporting that United are ready to let McTominay leave temporarily in January. And that should prompt Steven Gerrard to make a move for the youngster ahead of what promises to be an exciting few months for the Gers.
Rangers are undoubtedly lower in the Scottish Premiership than they would want to be, but if they can replicate their home form on their travels, then they will be in the title race this term.
Meanwhile, the Light Blues currently top their Europa League group with two matches gone. It is entirely possible that they could have a knockout stage campaign to prepare for after Christmas if they can stay within the top two.
Rangers are well stocked when it comes to midfielders. But many of the options that Gerrard has available to him have already been struck down with injury at various points this season. The longer that the possibility remains that they could win four trophies, the more their squad is likely to be stretched.
Bringing in McTominay could therefore, be a stroke of genius. He has the quality to force his way into Rangers' starting lineup and make a real impact in domestic or European competition, and if he joins on loan, his arrival would barely touch Gerrard's January budget.
Rangers look as if they will go into January in the best position they have been in since their return to the top flight. But Gerrard must capitalise in the window and get some real quality in - and McTominay could perhaps be the perfect target now that United are reportedly ready to loan him out.
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