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Rangers’ deadline day target reveals why he chose English Championship side

Rangers did very good business in the winter transfer window, strengthening every position as manager Graeme Murty went about reshaping his squad for the final months of the campaign.

However, the Light Blues didn’t land all their top targets, including Swansea striker Oli McBurnie.

Rangers made enquiries about having the Scotland under-21 striker and the club’s boyhood fan on loan till the end of the campaign on Wednesday, but he chose to move to English Championship side Barnsley instead.

McBurnie, who religiously follows Rangers and regularly posts about their games and players on social media, has featured on just 12 occasions for the Welsh giants this term.

With game time crucial to his development, the 21-year-old decided to return to Barnsley after his summer loan move fell through as a result of not having the necessary paperwork filed in time.

Explaining his decision to snub Rangers, Burnley and others, McBurnie told Swansea’s website: “I had a good conversation with the manager (Carlos Carvalhal) and we both agreed that I needed game time.

“With the options limited here, Barnsley was the perfect club for me to do just that.”

With the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Kenny Miller and Jason Cummings all bound to be ahead of him in the pecking order, McBurnie no doubt made the right decision for the sake of his career.