Rangers chasing Aussie star Holman

Rangers are chasing Australian World Cup star Brett Holman.

Ibrox manager Walter Smith is attempting to land the attacking midfielder on a season-long loan deal from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. The 26-year-old caught the eye at the World Cup Finals in South Africa when he scored Australia’s opening goal in their 1-1 draw with Ghana and then netted a stunning 25-yarder against Serbia.

Now Smith is hoping to convince the player to kick-start his club career by moving to the SPL champions after failing to command a regular starting slot in Holland.

It’s understood Alkmaar coach Dick Advocaat has already sanctioned the potential loan deal and it will now come down to whether or not Rangers can afford to match the midfielder’s £16,000-a-week wages.

Holman can play in several positions, including a wide midfield role or as a striker, but he is thought to be at his best when playing as an attacking midfielder.

An Ibrox insider said: “Brett can play in a number of positions and he certainly showed at the World Cup Finals he can perform at the highest level. Talks are on-going but he is high up on the wanted list.”