Hearts’ title rival could lose star man in January sales

Lewis Macleod takes on Kevin Mchattie
Lewis Macleod takes on Kevin Mchattie
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Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod is a transfer target for Blackburn Rovers, who could make on offer for him in January.

Gary Bowyer, the manager at Ewood Park, will have funds to strengthen his squad when the transfer window opens and has had scouts watching Macleod all season.

Rangers’ financial troubles mean an offer in excess of £1million for the 21-year-old would be hard to refuse. However, the Glasgow club must balance any sale against the fact they are chasing Hearts at the top of the Scottish Championship.

In other transfer news, Cardiff City are interesting in luring Celtic’s Anthony Stokes back to England’s Championship. That would likely involve a £2m fee should Celtic agree to sell the Irishman, who has performed wide on the left in recent weeks.

Inverness striker Billy McKay is also a wanted man. He is attracting interest from Peterborough United, whose £150,000 offer for McKay and Josh Meeskings 12 months ago was rejected.