SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades eye John fleck move

John Fleck.
John Fleck.

SHEFFIELD United could resurrect their interest in John Fleck, who looks set to quit Glasgow Rangers.

The Star understands the Scotland Under-21 international is unlikely to transfer his contract to ‘newco’ Rangers, the consortium headed by Charles Green, and wants to further his career south of the border.

Green, the ex-Blades chief executive, is reforming Rangers as a new company and completed the purchase of the business and assets of the club for £5.5 million when the club was consigned to liquidation.

However, a string of players, including Fleck, are on the verge of leaving for pastures new. The midfielder can use Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment (TUPE) legislation to depart Ibrox.

Fleck and his Rangers team-mate Kyle Hutton came close to moving to Bramall Lane on season-long loan deals last August but the switches fell through after the League One club failed to process the necessary paperwork in time.

In contrast to Fleck, Hutton has pledged to stay despite Rangers precarious financial position.

Hutton, who spent last season on loan to Partick Thistle and then Dunfermline, said: “For me, it is in my best interests to stay where I am and to try to establish myself in the side next season.

“I feel I’ve got a lot more to give the club. I’m still a young player who is learning his trade and hopefully I’ve got a long career ahead of me so this is a great place for me to keep learning.”

Meanwhile, former United winger David Cotterill has joined rivals Doncaster Rovers. The 24-year-old has agreed a two-year deal.

Two of United’s fixtures have been brought forward by 24 hours.

Their home clash with Coventry City, which was originally scheduled for Saturday February 2, will now be played on Friday 1, kick-off 7.45pm.

The club need to avoid a potential fixture clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

The trip to Tranmere Rovers, pencilled in for Saturday March 30, will now take

place on Friday March 29, 3pm.