Big Mac on the menu for hungry Caldwell

Scott McDonald in action for Millwall
Scott McDonald in action for Millwall

WIGAN Athletic’s new-look recruitment team will be more than interested observers for tonight’s Scottish Premiership play-off final first leg.

Rangers take on Motherwell at a sold-out Ibrox looking to take a big step towards ensuring top-flight football next term.

The biggest threat to Rangers’ hopes of returning to the SPL could be ‘Well striker Scott McDonald, whose exploits tonight and in the second leg on Sunday will not go unnoticed south of the border.

The Australian is understood to be on Gary Caldwell’s wish-list as the new boss targets the men he believes can fire Latics out of League One at the first attempt next term.

McDonald, who played alongside Caldwell for Celtic between 2007-2010, is out of contract this summer, having agreed a short-term deal in February following his release from Millwall.

Having previously played for Southampton, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Wimbledon and Middlesbrough, the 31-year-old could be tempted to team-up with his old skipper for another crack at English football.

McDonald is only playing tonight having had the red card he received in his side’s penultimate game of the regular season against St Mirren – and subsequent two-match ban – overturned on appeal.

There is also Latics interest in the Rangers side with Lee McCulloch looking to lead Stuart McCall’s men back into the SPL at the ripe old age of 37.