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Steven Gerrard plans to make Oli McBurnie his first signing as Rangers manager

Liverpool legend is eyeing up young Swansea forward as his first target as a manager after taking over in Scotland

Steven Gerrard wants Swansea’s Scotland striker Oli McBurnie to be his first signing for Rangers.

Gerrard has made an opening bid of £4million for the hitman who starred in a loan spell for Barnsley.

Steven Gerrard is hoping to bring Swansea forward Oli McBurnie to Rangers

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Steven Gerrard is hoping to bring Swansea forward Oli McBurnie to Rangers

And the new Ibrox chief hopes Swansea will accept the cash despite the Welsh club planning to offer McBurnie a contract extension.

McBurnie is a huge Rangers fan and the chance to join the Glasgow club will make the move virtually impossible to refuse.

Several clubs, including Leeds and Derby, wanted to take McBurnie in the summer.

But the Rangers move may have ended their hopes in a flash, with the lure of Gerrard – and his boyhood team – too much to resist.

Steven Gerrard could make Oli McBurnie his first-ever managerial signing

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Steven Gerrard could make Oli McBurnie his first managerial signing

Swansea could lose McBurnie for nothing if he sees out the last year of his current deal so a compromise figure should be agreed with Gerrard’s new team.

McBurnie kicked off his senior career at Bradford, making 15 league appearances between 2013 and 2015.

Following two loan spells at Chester, McBurnie signed for Swansea – but has been limited to just 16 Premier League outings.

The Scot has spent time on loan at Newport, Bristol City and – most recently – Barnsley, where he scored nine goals in 17 games.

Scotland star Oli McBurnie has spent part of this season on loan at Barnsley

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Scotland star Oli McBurnie has spent part of this season on loan at Barnsley