Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan says that the signing of Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean could help Rangers win the Scottish title this season.
Reports emerged over the weekend claiming that Steven Gerrard’s side are interested in a move for the Scotland international when the transfer window reopens in January.
Now it seems as though that is a deal that Whelan would love to see completed at the turn of the year.
Speaking to Football Insider about Rangers’ interest in the 28-year-old, Whelan said: “McLean is a player that is aggressive and tenacious.
“He is one of those players you want in your team, you would much rather be playing with him rather than against him.
“Rangers going into the market once again for an experienced player. Steven Gerrard knows that he could bring tenacity and quality into the team.”
Indeed, it seems Whelan would be expecting big things from McLean were he to make the move to Ibrox, as discussing the impact the midfielder could make for Rangers, he added: “He is a fantastic player and Gerrard will know bring players in for the sake of it next year.
“He is bringing them in to strengthen the competition for places and give them the final push that might be needed.
“He could help give Rangers that final push that might be needed to bring the title back to Ibrox.”
Since joining Norwich from Aberdeen in 2018, McLean has made 72 appearances in all competitions for the Canaries, scoring five goals.
There are around two-and-a-half years remaining on McLean’s current contract with Norwich, securing his future at Carrow Road until the end of the 2022/23 season.
To say that any one player can win a title for a team is a big claim, especially given the strong start to the season Rangers have made without McLean.
However, you can certainly understand where Whelan is coming from with regards to the midfielder being a decent signing for Steven Gerrard’s side.
McLean has been a consistently solid performer for Norwich during his time with the club, and would surely be a useful option were he to make the move to Ibrox, which would undoubtedly give them a boost in the race for the title.