Ex-Glasgow Rangers player Lewis MacLeod, who is now plying his trade with Brentford, will be available on a free transfer in June 2019.
The good news for the Gers is that he has seemingly rejected a new deal at Griffin Park and will soon be open to other offers.
Macleod made 29 appearances and scored three goals in Rangers 2012-13 Third Division title-winning season and won the Light Blues’ “Young Player of the Year” award.
After scoring three goals in the 2013-14 pre-season games, the youngster continued to show his scoring form by hitting four goals in a seven-game period.
MacLeod scored an unbelievably creative overhead kick in a 2–0 victory over Ayr United on 6 October 2013, to show how technically competent he can be.
He held down a regular Rangers starting place until his season was cut short in January, after an adverse reaction to a viral infection affected the muscles around his heart.
In March 2014, manager Ally McCoist allayed fears that Macleod’s career could be under threat, but Macleod failed to appear again during the 2013–14 season and finished the campaign with 24 appearances and five goals.
He began the 2014–15 season in good form for Rangers, scoring four goals in his first four appearances of the season and four goals in nine games from September through to November.
A match-winning bicycle kick against Livingston on 4 October later won Rangers “Goal of the Season” award, and he won the Scottish Football League “Young Player of the Month” award for October.
After suffering a serious hamstring injury suffered during a 3–2 defeat to Alloa on 3 December 2014, it was reported that Macleod would be out until 2015, but it turned out to be his final appearance in a Rangers shirt.
On 31 December 2014, Macleod left Rangers, and finished his 2014–15 season with scoring eight goals in 21 appearances.
Macleod made 74 appearances and scored 16 goals during his 21⁄2 years as a first team player at Ibrox. Not bad for a young midfield player.
On 31 December 2014, and against the wishes of all the Rangers fans, Macleod signed for Championship side Brentford for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year contract, effective from 3 January 2015.
The fee was later reported by The Sunday Post to be £850,000, with add-ons raising the amount to up to £1.3 million
In January 2015, Macleod revealed,
“If things had maybe happened differently off the pitch with regards to the club trying to keep me when someone came in, I might have stayed”.
According to the Scottish Sun, the now 24-year-old Macleod will be available on a free transfer in the summer of 2019, after turning down a new deal with Brentford.
Seemingly Rangers and Leeds United are both interested in signing him.
It is understood that Gerrard is desperate for extra creativity in his midfield after seeing Ovie Ejaria’s loan deal from Liverpool cut short last week.
Rangers have not been as prolific at scoring goals as they were earlier in the season, due to some players losing their previous form.
They have only managed to score four goals in their last six ties across all competitions and only beat Hamilton 1-0 at Ibrox on Sunday to go top of the SPFL.
That is a problem that could be solved by signing Wishaw born MacLeod from Brentford.
He has played well for the Bees this season, and has been their most creative force in the English Championship so far.
Scott Arfield has made the most key passes for Rangers this season, with 15. Ejaria made only one key pass before his loan deal was terminated.
It would be a huge lift to the squad if Rangers’ director of football Mark Allen was able to swoop quickly, to sign a creative player like MacLeod.
MacLeod’s versatile skills could make a huge difference to Rangers bid to win the title and Scottish cup.
According to WhoScored, Lewis has made 24 key passes in the league this season for Brentford, which is far more than Rangers’ central midfielders have been able to produce.
Does Lewis MacLeod suffer from recurring injury problems?
Macleod’s rehabilitation away from the Brentford first team squad saw him miss the entire 2015-16 pre-season, and returned to play seven games after a recurring hamstring injury in November 2015.
Late February 2016, Macleod suffered a slight medial ligament injury in training, and was not included in any further squads during the 2015–16 season.
After returning to fitness, he made his first competitive start for the club on the opening day of the 2016–17 season, and Macleod made 12 further appearances before suffering a serious knee injury on 28 October 2016.
In December 2016, he signed a one-year contract extension, which keeps him at Griffin Park until June 2019.
After recovering from his knee injury and a subsequent hamstring problem in October 2017, Macleod made his first appearance for over 13 months as a second-half substitute in a 3–1 victory over Fulham on 2 December 2017.
After just one FA Cup start and sporadic substitute cameos, Macleod made his first league start of the season versus Middlesbrough on 17 March 2018 and scored his first goal for the club with the equaliser in a 1–1 draw.
Due to his injuries, MacLeod finished the 2017-18 season with only 11 games and one goal.
This season MacLeod has played in 17 matches and scored three goals.