Do Bielsa's Leeds comments suggest Rangers have advantage in Lewis MacLeod chase?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 15, 2018 in London, England.

Championship leaders Leeds United and Glasgow Rangers have been linked with Brentford midfielder Lewis MacLeod.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 15, 2018 in London, England.

Marcelo Bielsa has issued an update about Leeds United’s January plans and it does not look good for supporters who were hoping to see a few new faces at Elland Road.

Speaking to Leeds Live, the veteran Argentine hinted that there will not be any new arrivals, with a number of long-term absentees set to return from injury and boost his ranks.

“It will be very hard to add new players. But we will have four more players coming in January, (Patrick) Bamford, (Izzy) Brown, (Gaetano) Berardi and (Luke) Ayling,” Bielsa said.

 

And this could be music to the ears of Rangers.

According to the Sun, Leeds were monitoring the situation of Lewis MacLeod at Brentford, the gifted midfielder having recently turned down an offer to extend a contract that is due to expire at the end of the season.

The report adds that Rangers are also interested in bringing MacLeod back to Ibrox, four years after they sold the academy graduate to Brentford for a bargain fee of £850,000.

Lewis MacLeod of Rangers controls the ball during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

While there are already a whole host of central midfielders at Steven Gerrard’s disposal, the clever and forward-thinking MacLeod could add some thrust and creativity in the final third, where Rangers have looked a little stale of late.

In stark contrast to Leeds, Rangers are expecting a busy January, with the Express reporting that Gerrard wants four new players, including a central midfielder and a creative attacker. MacLeod could be both in one.

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.

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