International breaks are notoriously slow times for the national sporting press, meaning that transfer rumours often get a decent airing whenever domestic matches are suspended. One particular line that is currently doing the rounds concerns Palace’s James McArthur and a possible move to Rangers.
The Scot has been at Palace since the summer of 2014, when he signed for a reported £7 million from Wigan Athletic. In the three years since, Jimmy has gone on to become something of a cult hero amongst the Palace faithful thanks to his full-blooded displays in the middle of the park but with his current contract set to expire over the summer, tongues are apparently starting to wag north of the border.
Having been born in Glasgow, McArthur is known to be a big Rangers fan and went on record expressing a desire to play for the club at some stage of his career back in 2016. With Palace’s Premier League status currently looking anything but secure I suppose none of us should be surprised to see him being openly linked to the club that he grew up loving as a boy.
As things stand, Jimmy isn’t guaranteed regular starts in SE25, thanks to the presence of Yohan Cabaye, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Luka Milivojevic but even so, you’d assume that another contract offer from the Eagles may tempt him to prolong his stay, should it be forthcoming. Obviously, budgetary, personnel and managerial changes all have to considered possible if the worst does happen in May but whatever occurs, I’d assume that the club would be keen to keep hold of McArthur for another year at the very least.
There’s a good chance that this story is nothing more than an imagined line from a journalist looking to fill some column inches until the games kick off again this weekend but even so, with Jimmy able to sign a pre-contract agreement elsewhere in January, it’s a situation worth keeping an eye on.