Leeds and Rangers reminded of risk attached to Lewis Macleod interest

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on February 13, 2019 in...

Glasgow Rangers are reportedly keen to bring the midfielder back to Ibrox, but face competition.

Lewis MacLeod of Brentford (4) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team mate Said Benrahma (21) during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and...

It was reported by The Scottish Sun more than two months ago that Rangers and Leeds are both interested in signing Lewis Macleod on a free transfer in the summer with his contract running into its final months.

The Scottish Sun reported that the Gers were monitoring his situation closely, while Leeds had the 24-year-old on their radar as they considered potential replacements for Samuel Saiz who left on an initial loan deal at the start of the January transfer window.

 

At the time, Macleod's most recent appearance had seen the former Ibrox youngster come off the bench and score a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser for Brentford away at West Brom.

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It was a fantastic moment for a player who desperately deserved a piece of luck after a torrid time with injuries. Since joining the Bees in 2015, he has played just 40 league games for the club.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

His injury record perhaps helps explain why his Brentford contract has run into its final six months. When he is fit, he looks to have the potential to be a very talented player - but he has just not been able to enjoy a prolonged run of games without getting injured.

And unfortunately, if Rangers and Leeds previously had any doubt regarding how much of a risk a potential move would be, that doubt must have completely evaporated by now as that game at West Brom on December 3rd actually remains his most recent appearance.

In comments reported by West London Sport shortly after the Baggies draw, Thomas Frank suggested that Macleod had sustained a hamstring injury and it was not clear how long he would be out for. 

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa walks to the dug out during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on February 13, 2019 in Leeds, England.

On a free transfer, Rangers or Leeds may still be tempted to take the gamble. His injury record was hardly a secret when the links were initially reported, so perhaps this latest setback may not quash their interest altogether.

But this period on the sidelines should certainly remind Steven Gerrard and Marcelo Bielsa just how much of a risk it would be for Rangers or Leeds to sign the youngster this summer.

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