Kiernan edges closer to exit door

Rob Kiernan
Rob Kiernan

ROB Kiernan’s move to Rangers could be confirmed early next week.

The defender is expected in Glasgow on Monday to tie up his move away from Latics.

Wigan have accepted a transfer fee for the 24-year-old, who backed out on the option of a move to Birmingham where he spent part of last season on loan.

And Rangers boss Mark Warburton said he was targeting more players like Kiernan to build a “team for the future.”

He told the Daily Record: “Rob is exactly the kind of player I want to attract. Hopefully he’ll be in Glasgow on Monday to go through the medical and finalise the deal.

“For a defender, he’s technically excellent and at 6ft 3in has a real athletic presence. He has proved his credentials in the English Championship but most importantly is still young enough to develop and to be improved.”

James McClean’s move to West Brom is also expected to be finalised over the next few days.

Latics accepted a bid, thought to be worth around £1.5m, for their Player of the Season.

Latics remain keen on Sheffield United’s Matt Done after being deterred by Chesterfield’s asking price for Sam Clucas. Wigan’s offer of £1m had the offer rejected.

Tabloid speculation yesterday suggested Latics were interested in Leeds striker Billy Sharp, who has also been linked with a return to Sheffield United.