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FORMER Rangers starlet Lewis Macleod has quit relegated Wigan and is considering a return to Scottish football.

The 26-year-old midfielder struggled for game-time at the financially-stricken outfit who face playing in the English third tier next season.

Macleod burst onto the scene at Ibrox as teenager in 2012 as the club climbed through the lower leagues. His consistent form led to a Scotland international squad call-up by ex-Hoops gaffer Gordon Strachan.

He left the Ibrox club in a £125,000 switch to Brentford in 2015 before an injury-plagued four-year spell ended with a move to Lancashire.

Now Macleod has admitted he is open to a return north of the border as he prepares for a new challenge.

He told Lanarkshire Live Sport : “I signed for Wigan and I had great intentions of going to play a lot of football, but that wasn’t to be for whatever reason.

“I played the first couple of games of the season and thought I had done well, but I didn’t feature for a few games.

“Even when the team wasn’t playing too great I didn’t get a chance. I’m not too sure what went on, but the manager seemed to make his mind up on me.

“I knew early on that I wouldn’t be getting much game time, which was a bit strange to be fair considering I had only just signed.

“I knew that I was going to go at the end of the season, I had made my mind up.

“I’m in the same position I was last season; looking for a club. With covid-19, everything is up in the air, so I’m just keeping myself fit.

“I was looking at the Wigan move as a bit of a change to get a bit closer to home, but now I’m going to see what happens. I’m keeping my options open.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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