DUBLINER Jon Daly has moved closer to a historic switch to Glasgow Rangers with confirmation expected next week, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.
The versatile Dundee United man, who is effective in both central defence and attack, has received the offer of a substantial pay rise and has agreed a deal that could extend to three years.
Daly would become the first Dublin-born Catholic to line out for the Gers, and the first Republic of Ireland man to represent the club in 80 years.
The switch would offer financial security to a player who has suffered injuries, but he will have to drop to the Scottish Second Division.
He will also be unable to play for them until September 1, when a transfer embargo on the Gers is lifted.
MK Dons and Hibernian were also interested in Daly, who has scored 15 goals in this campaign and is out of contract at the end of the season, but they were unable to match the terms offered by Rangers.
Ally McCoist made his interest in Daly known in January, and the player was unhappy when news of his talks with Rangers were initially leaked, blaming Dundee United. But he says he is not fazed by the attention that will naturally accompany his move.
Cork-born goalkeeper Alan Smith is already on the Rangers books and played in a recent friendly game with Linfield. However, the arrival of an Irishman as a key player is a significant development.