Scott McKenna Emerges as a Key Target for Rangers in Upcoming Transfer Windows

As Rangers manager Philippe Clement gears up to address the squad’s various concerns in the upcoming transfer windows, a pivotal decision looms regarding the acquisition of homegrown players. Among the potential signings, Scott McKenna stands out as a compelling and seemingly straightforward choice.

While the immediate need for a central defender might not be pressing, the availability of Scotland international Scott McKenna on a pre-contract agreement in January presents an opportunity that Rangers may not want to overlook. According to reports from Kisa Dalga, Fenerbahce has expressed interest in signing McKenna, adding a sense of urgency for Rangers to act swiftly.

With Fenerbahce actively pursuing talent and making significant investments in recent seasons, the competition for securing McKenna’s services is likely to be fierce. This further emphasizes the importance of Rangers taking decisive steps to secure the Scottish defender’s signature before the January transfer window closes.

Looking ahead, the expiration of Leon Balogun’s contract in the summer raises questions about retaining a player who will be 36 at the start of the next season. Despite Balogun’s commendable performances under Clement, a strategic decision may involve exploring alternative options, with Connor Goldson, Ben Davies, John Souttar, and Leon King emerging as designated choices.

During the summer, Ben Davies was linked with a move away, with Stoke City attempting a last-minute loan deal. Considering this history, it would make sense for Rangers to explore the possibility of moving Davies to create space within the squad. Additionally, given Souttar’s reliability issues, the prospect of Scott McKenna strengthening the squad becomes a viable alternative.

Reflecting on Rangers’ recent misses in acquiring association-trained players, McKenna’s track record in the Premier League and his 30 caps for Scotland highlight his development since leaving the SPFL. His potential addition could prove crucial in bolstering the team’s defensive capabilities.