McCulloch could ask for move

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Lee McCulloch could submit a transfer request in order to engineer a move to Rangers, according to his agent.

The versatile Wigan stalwart, who can operate both in midfield and as a striker, was the subject of a £750,000 offer which his manger Paul Jewell labelled 'derisory and insulting'.

New Ibrox chief Walter Smith is eager to build a Scottish spine to his side and sees McCulloch, a full international, as an ideal candidate to add to his ranks.

However, with Wigan having paid just £50,000 less than what Rangers are offering, in signing McCulloch when they were in the then equivalent of League One, it seems unlikely they will do business unless this bid is increased considerably.

However, McCulloch's agent John Viola believes that such an opportunity may not present itself again, with a transfer request seemingly the next course of action.

"It's a cat and mouse game but the next step for Lee could be to ask for a transfer," Viola told the Daily Record.

"He doesn't know if this chance to join Rangers will come his way again and he doesn't want the opportunity to pass him by."