Could the one-time Rangers manager seek a reunion with his Ibrox captain, Lee Wallace?
Mark Warburton, the one-time Glasgow Rangers and Nottingham Forest manager, could return to football with QPR.
Various media outlets, including the Evening Standard, are reporting that Warburton will be named Steve McClaren’s successor later this week.
But which of his former Nottingham Forest, Rangers or Brentford players could the Londoner target if he takes the Loftus Road reins?
HITC Sport takes a look…
Lee Wallace (Glasgow Rangers)
With Jake Bidwell out of contract, QPR could be in the market for a replacement left-back this summer. As it happens, Wallace, the one Warburton utilised the most throughout his 18-month spell as Rangers manager, is himself expected to be available on a free transfer. The Scotland international was Warbs’ captain at Ibrox and may fancy a reunion at Loftus Road.
Emerson Hyndman (AFC Bournemouth)
As well as Bidwell, QPR could also be without central midfielders Geoff Cameron and Jordan Cousins come July 1. And, should Warburton seek to strengthen in the pair’s position, Hyndman, one of his former Rangers loan recruits, may be considered. The out of favour Bournemouth midfielder, who has spent the second half of this season loaned to Hibernian, was one of the last players signed by the former banker at Ibrox and scored twice in four games for him.
Barrie McKay (Swansea City)
Luke Freeman continues to be linked with a move away from QPR, despite having signed a new contract only recently. And McKay, who Warburton signed for Nottingham Forest after unleashing him at Rangers, would be a ready-made replacement for the Hoops attacking midfielder. McKay hasn’t played as often as he would have liked for Swansea City this season, and the Welsh side may be open to offers.