Everton interested in Rangers starlet MacLeod

Along with Premier League rivals Burnley, Everton are registering an interest in highly-rated Rangers youngster Lewis MacLeod, according to the Daily Mail.

Both clubs have scouted the 20-year-old, who has shown enough potential in the Scottish Championship to earn a place in the senior Scottish national squad for the recent Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland and the friendly against England, although he was not given any playing time in either fixture.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez does have a strong record of signing players from the Scottish League system, having brought James McCarthy and James McArthur to his former club Wigan Athletic. Indeed, McCarthy followed the Spaniard to Everton in the summer of 2013.

Rangers, currently second to Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Championship, are hopeful of holding on to MacLeod, but their vulnerable financial position could render them in danger of losing him in January. That fact has been admitted by manager Ally McCoist, who said: ‘Lewis is playing every week, enjoying his football and he is clearly developing and it goes without saying we want that to continue.

‘I will be dictated to by the board and people who make decisions but certainly from a footballing point he is doing absolutely smashing and he is a key member of our squad.’

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