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Rangers link as Kevin McDonald trains with Wolves kids

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Shunned midfielder Kevin McDonald trained with the youth team as his team-mates won at MK Dons on Tuesday, it can be revealed.

And rumours of a summer exit for the Scot persist – with Glasgow Rangers linked with a move for the 27-year-old.

McDonald has been out of favour at Molineux for weeks, despite having previously been one of the first names on the team sheet for Kenny Jackett during the past three seasons.

He was left out of the 19-man squad that travelled to Milton Keynes on Tuesday, and trained with the under-18s instead as the under-21s were playing away at Barnet. It is believed this was at McDonald's request and that it is common practice for first-team players to train with the academy if they're not involved in a midweek match.

But it represents a climbdown for the Scot who was fans' and players' player of the year in 2013/14,

Fulham lodged two bids for McDonald last summer as contract negotiations with Wolves publicly stalled, before he signed a new three-year deal in September. The Scot's form hasn't been up to his usual high standards and after being hauled off at half time against Bristol City last month he hasn't played since, being an unused substitute three times before the returning David Edwards took his place on the bench at MKDons.

Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers – who were promoted back to the SPL on Tuesday evening – are now believed to have shown an interest.

And if McDonald isn't to be a first-choice pick for Jackett, the Wolves hierarchy will have little appetite for one of the club's top earners being sat on the bench.

That was the reasoning cited when Richard Stearman was sold to Fulham last summer. McDonald will command a fee of at least £1m, although whether Rangers have the financial means to reach a seven-figure sum is unclear.

Meanwhile, Wolves were today waiting to learn the extent of the knee ligament injury Michal Zyro picked up at MK Dons on Tuesday.

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