Kenny McLean’s agent well and truly burned his bridges with Rangers after his representative used the club to force Norwich’s hand into a new deal.
After the midfielder’s contract was due to expire in the summer, his agent leaked a false story into the press that Rangers were looking to take the player on a Bosman deal come the summer, something our fans in fairness were absolutely horrified at.
But it was all just a ruse – McLean had no intention of leaving Carrow Road and just wanted a new deal, which he now has, for another three years.
Rangers fans can probably breathe a huge sigh of relief – the first time the ex-Aberdeen man was linked to Rangers, as a Norwich player, supporters were aghast at the link, citing him absolutely garbage and voting against the signing on an Ibrox Noise poll in possibly the biggest landslide against a prospective recruit that we’ve ever seen.
It didn’t change much with this link either, fans were just as horrified about signing him, so there’s no question supporters are happy to hear he isn’t coming to Ibrox.
But we find Rangers’ name being used once again, to help someone else get more money – it’s a regular occurrence, and just shows the pull our name has in influencing elsewhere, but it does feel a bit more base to learn a Rangers man or his agent has allowed it to happen this time.
Yes, we know agents will always use clubs’ names to get their client a better deal, but it was a bit of a poor call and bad judgement for a Rangers-supporting player’s agent to use Ibrox and our club as a way to get him a new deal and more money elsewhere.
Sign of the times? Maybe, but if one kind of person isn’t suffering the cost of living crisis much, it’s privileged footballers – and using Rangers and even our fans to get more in your own wallet is a bum note indeed.
One of us? Probably not any more, and any future arrival would be greeted with a frosty Ibrox glare for sure.