Glasgow Rangers’ Steven Gerrard is reportedly interested in bringing Carnoustie-born defensive midfielder Kevin McDonald to Ibrox from Fulham for the second half of the season, Football London report.

The ex-Dundee and Scotland player is currently signed to the Premier League side and would be another useful part of the squad if the deal can be finalised this week.

McDonald turned 30 last month, is very experienced, and could play for Rangers for the next three or four years.

In the summer of 2008, Burnley bid £500,000 for McDonald’s services while he was on Dundee’s books and he signed a three-year deal with the Lancashire side.

At the end of the 2010–11 season, McDonald signed for Sheffield United and played 91 games for the South Yorkshire club, scoring five goals. 

In August 2013, McDonald moved to Wolves on a three-year contract, playing 126 games and scoring eight goals.

The midfielder received his first call up to the senior Scotland team when Gordon Strachan picked him to play against Germany in August 2014.

On 29 September 2015 he was called up again for games against Poland and Gibraltar. 

McDonald, who by now was a recognised Scotland player, signed for Fulham in 2016, and has played 93 games scoring five goals, so far. 

Rangers manager Gerrard has been playing 20-year-old Ross McCrorie in McDonald’s position, but in the rough and tumble of the SPFL, players collect a lot of stupid challenges made against them.

This is why Scottish teams require a very strong athletic squad to survive, due to the referees being extremely poor, and the over exuberant tackling in the SPFL, which too often adds to a team’s injury list.

I personally, wouldn’t dismiss young McCrorie’s credentials as he has played in the last four games or so and has performed extremely well in the recent games.

In my opinion, the youngster is the future of Rangers in the long-term – maybe even the future captain.

As such, it remains to be seen if Gerrard’s reported interest in Fulham’s McDonald amounts to anything – talk in the press has gone cold on a deal since it was initially touted.


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