Glasgow Rangers may be out of the UEFA Champions League, but they can still offer European football to prospective signings via the Europa League.
They are believed to be close to sealing a deal for Australia international midfielder Matt McKay, who is keeping Blackburn Rovers star Brett Emerton out the Socceroos team.
Brisbane Roar captain McKay is a dynamic player who inspires by example, and Rangers are hopeful he can adapt quickly to the different pace and climate of Scotland.
“He’s very skilful, good on the ball and quite direct,” said Dave McPherson, a former Rangers star himself who both played and was employed as a scout in Australia.
“He can work up and down the park as well, so he brings an extra dimension going forward.
“When I watched him, you couldn’t tell which was his stronger foot because he was so comfortable with both, and it was hard to pin him down to a specific position.
“He floated around the pitch, and worked box to box. I was surprised that he didn’t get picked up when he was younger.
“He stood out quite a while ago, but he just seemed to hang about Australia. He’s picked up [a level] in the past few months and getting an Australian cap has helped his confidence.
“He’s developed from there.”