Rangers did consider making a move for Hearts left-back Stephen Kingsley during the January transfer window, according to ESPN‘s Mark Donaldson.
Director of Football Ross Wilson was already in talks with Hearts over a deal for John Souttar, but he was also interested in Kingsley, who he had worked with when he was the academy manager at Falkirk:
“He [Kingsley] is close friends with Ross Wilson at Rangers, they know each other from their days at Falkirk. That was something that was discussed, I’m led to believe, at Ibrox. It might’ve been a down-the-road thing if he wasn’t going to sign a new deal or whatever.”
As Donaldson says, Kingsley was close to signing a new contract at the time, and the Scottish international eventually put pen to paper on a three and half year deal, so a move to Ibrox never looked particularly likely.
However, it is still interesting to hear that Wilson was in the market for a left-back. It is an area that does need strengthening, especially with Calvin Bassey playing his fair share of games at centre-half this season.
With Borna Barisic having struggled at times too, it would not be a surprise if Rangers do go back into the market this summer to reinforce the left-hand side of the pitch.