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Derek McInnes has suggested in The Sunday Mail that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers or Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic should have signed Alistair McCann.

McCann joined Preston North End in the Championship in England from Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone in the summer transfer window.

LancsLive have reported that Preston paid £1.25 million in transfer fee for the 21-year-old midfielder.

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Former Rangers midfielder McInnes, who now works as a pundit, believes that the Gers or the Hoops should have signed the midfielder.

McInnes wrote in The Sunday Mail: “McCann lacks a bit of finesse and quality with his final pass and he could probably score more goals, but he has everything else.

“He is a responsible midfielder, a real competitor who knows his job and is good on the ball. I have played and managed in the English Championship and he will deal with that fine.

“I am just surprised and disappointed that neither player (McCann or Jason Kerr) has stayed in the Scottish league.

“McCann would have been an easy one for Celtic or Rangers to take and such a hard one for Callum to replace.”

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Rangers and Celtic speculation

Both Old Firm clubs Rangers and Celtic were linked with McCann in the summer transfer window before his move to Preston.

The Sunday Post reported in May interest from Celtic in the youngster.

Rincon Escoces reported on September 1 that Rangers had turned down the chance to sign McCann.

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Future Rangers or Celtic transfer?

McCann is only 21, and there is every chance that he could return to Scotland and play for Rangers or Celtic in the coming years.

Rangers and Celtic do scout for players in England, and perhaps the Gers and the Hoops will keep an eye on how the Northern Ireland international does in the Championship.

The midfielder scored two goals and gave two assists in 29 Scottish Premiership starts for St. Johnstone last season.