It’s transfer deadline day – and Ross McCormack returning to Rangers might just be the biggest story in Scottish football.
The summer transfer window will slam shut at 11pm in England and then an hour later in Scotland tonight so there’s still plenty of time for teams to bolster their squads.
Rangers fans will be excited to see some talk this morning about who they could be bringing into the club.
Pedro Caixinha is on the verge of adding Cardiff full-back Declan John to his squad, but that move could be overshadowed if Rangers can build on speculation to sign McCormack.
According to a few sources, including the Scottish Daily Mail’s Stephen McGowan, a loan move for the Scot to return to Ibrox is a possibility:
Ross McCormack loan to Rangers a possibility.
— stephen.mcgowan (@mcgowan_stephen) August 31, 2017
And while the rumour has came out of nowhere, it’s something Caixinha and the club should seriously pursue if they can – here’s why:
1 – He’s a Proven Goalscorer
Since moving to England in 2008, McCormack has scored 134 goals in 375 appearances for five different clubs. And it’s not like he’s been playing for poor teams or against rubbish oppositions. He’s been a top Championship striker for Cardiff, Leeds and Fulham before struggling to hit his best form for Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest. But there’s no doubt McCormack could perform for Rangers.
2 – He Can Score Goals Like This
3 – And Like This
4 – He’s a Former Ger
Ross McCormack v Porto (2005) pic.twitter.com/0Z6czBCiDe
— Rangers Culture (@RangersCulture) May 3, 2017
He broke through at Rangers back in 2004 and made 11 appearances for the club before being shipped out by Paul Le Guen. That’s despite scoring a pretty famous goal against Porto in the Champions League.
5 – He’s Available
McCormack has played just 17 minutes of action for Aston Villa this season and that was in their 4-1 EFL Cup win over Wigan. It’s clear Steve Bruce prefers Scott Hogan, Gabby Agbonlahor and Jonathan Kodjia in attack so a season out on loan for McCormack makes a lot of sense. At 31, maybe a return north would suit the striker?
6 – They Need Him
Alfredo Morelos has shown that he’s going to be a talent for Rangers, but can they rely solely on him throughout the season? The jury is still out on Eduardo Herrera and the addition of McCormack would give the Ibrox side a much more potent attacking threat in what is going to be a very challenging season.
7 – He Did Say This Back in 2008 Though
Speaking about his time at Ibrox, McCormack said: “I don’t dwell on being allowed to go elsewhere but when I heard fans saying on phone-ins Rangers should go back in for me in the transfer window I knew in my heart of hearts the answer would have been ‘no’ if anyone had called me. It made me feel proud to hear the Rangers supporters say those things but the idea would never have crossed my mind.”