GRAHAM DORRANS and Steven Naismith top Rangers gaffer Pedro Caixinha’s summer shopping list as Barrie McKay looks likely to be heading out of the door at Ibrox.
Norwich City are set to release Naismith but have Dorrans signed up for another two years at Carrow Road.
Caixinha on Friday spoke about the possibility of spending £1million on a player and it seems that it is the Norwich man he had in mind.
Both Dorrans and Naismith were boyhood Rangers supporters. Naismith has some baggage with the Ibrox fans after his controversial departure in 2012 after Rangers were liquidated. He used his right to walk away for nothing as the club was plunged into liquidation and referred to the new owners as Sevco and not Rangers.
He was the subject of intense criticism from the Rangers fans online but that isn’s likely to be a problem five years later as the Rangers supporters are desperate for additional quality to be added to their squad after back to back defeats from Celtic.
Rangers could also raid Norwich for another former player, Steven Whittaker, although they will face stiff competition from Neil Lennon who is keen to take the full back back to Hibs, another of his former clubs.
“We’re looking for players with international experience,” Caixinha stated.
“That’s what this club is used to, and that’s what we are looking for in the core of the team.
“We need more muscle in our style of play, to explore the wide areas more, to have quicker and more aggressive players up front.
“We need a strong midfield definitely, and we also need to have really combative players at centre-half.
“I want the ones who really want to come. Those who are calling me all the time saying they want to be here with me.
“I want players to come here and become idols, I know what the fans want and what I want. I want those type of players at Ibrox.
“I’m not going to bring a single player who has doubts whether he wants to move here or not.
“We had one player who received a clear offer, and he started what I call an auction: ‘OK, but I have this offer and this offer and that offer . . .’
“Okay. Go. Enjoy your life. I wish you the best. Here is not going to be where you play.”
And this stand by the Portuguese is why many believe that Barrie McKay’s time at Ibrox is coming to a close. The two will sit down to discuss his future next week but with the player already having rejected a two year contract extension, Caixinha is set to get tough.
“Barrie is a nice guy and a nice player,” he said. “We are assessing him and next week we will have a final answer.
“I need to sit with him, I need to sit with the board and make one decision. It’s not a question of whether he wants to sign a new contract or not.
“If I felt that player or other players could stay with us then it is not a question of contract. If he says doesn’t want to stay, then that will be another matter.”