Injuries seem to have got the better of Lewis Macleod. A youngster with the world at his feet at Rangers, he made the move to Brentford in January 2015 for a supposed £850,000.
Now, following his Bees release, he’s on the lookout for a new club. Three Scottish clubs come to mind that could do with a new central midfielder as he and former Chelsea wonderkid Josh McEachran were released.
Killie don’t have a recognised number 10 as such. Should Clarke’s side opt for a modern day 4-2-3-1 formation, there’s nobody that’s a certainty to play in the hole behind either Kris Boyd or Eamonn Brophy.
Their rise under Clarke continues to motor on and with European football in Ayrshire a real possibility next season, that would be an attractive offer to somebody of Macleod’s calibre.
It looks to be a summer of change at the Dons, particularly in midfield. With Graeme Shinnie signing for Derby and Greg Stewart supposedly off to Rangers, McInnes’ men could do with a new central midfielder or two.
With pace and creativity on the flanks, Macleod would be an ideal central candidate between the likes of Connor McLennan, Niall McGinn and Gary Mackay-Steven should he stay put.
There could also be a few departures at Hearts in the summer, most notably Arnaud Djoum. That could free up some space and wages for Macleod to become a Jambo.
Hearts are amongst the lowest scorers in the league and could do with a creative element when the likes of Sean Clare and Olly Lee are unable to provide. And 24-year-old Macleod could be exactly that.
Macleod won’t be short of suitors. Don’t be surprised if he remains in the Championship down south. Mark Warburton signed the youngster from Rangers and has just got the QPR job. For convenience sake, Macleod may well stay in West London.
Or for guaranteed game time, the possibility of European football, the chance to rekindle with his family, he may come back up north. Whether wages are an issue remains to be seen but he’d be a real coup for these three clubs.
It may be seen as a risk with signing somebody so young with an injury record like his but he’s certainly a talent.