Would City really consider letting McLean go to Rangers?
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Kenny McLean to Rangers is certainly picking up a bit of momentum north of the border.
The boyhood Gers fan has been linked with a return to Ibrox recently prompting many Norwich fans to ask the question: Would City really let McLean go?
McLean is a boyhood Rangers fan and started his career there but the 28-year-old signed a new three-year deal at Carrow Road in the summer.
The truth is we are living in a time when there are a number of uncertainties. If you were to ask Daniel Farke whether he wants to keep the midfielder he would deliver an unequivocal ‘yes’.
However, Farke also understands that we are living in very uncertain times. Whilst Norwich are feeling the benefit of exercising prudence in their finance management pre-Covid, the club have acknowledged themselves that they are not immune from the effects of the virus.
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When fans return is still anyone’s guess meaning that clubs including the Canaries have got to fill that hole somehow. The easiest way to do that is to sell one of your assets as Norwich know only too well from days gone by.
McLean is currently an important member of the Norwich squad and it would take a very substantial offer for the club to even contemplate letting the player go.
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McLean’s part in helping Scotland secure their place at the Euros has elevated his standing in his homeland and it would certainly be seen as a coup if Rangers could tempt him back there.
But any potential deal would have to suit Norwich and they would have to contemplate whether the disruption it would cause to the squad would be worth it.
Whatever happens it could prove a costly mistake for Rangers to have let him go in 2008. David Longwell, who took the player under his wing at St Mirren’s academy, believes Steven Gerrard’s men have come to rue the decision to cut him adrift as a youngster.
“I think he probably could have gone to England before he did, maybe before he moved to Aberdeen,” Longwell told the Daily Record.
“I’m really surprised nobody picked him up before Norwich, and even when he first got in the Scotland squad people were questioning it. He has kind of gone under the radar.
“It just shows you they (Rangers) were wrong.
“I think he could still be playing in the Premier League quite comfortably, but it’s great to see how well he has been progressing.”