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Rangers star Sean Goss considering Northern Ireland switch after talks with Michael O'Neill

By Paul Ferguson

Straight-talking Michael O’Neill is hoping his powers of persuasion will convince Rangers loan star Sean Goss to sign on for Northern Ireland.

Goss, a German-born 22-year-old midfielder who qualifies for Northern Ireland on the grandparent rule, is O’Neill’s latest recruitment target after Sunday Life exclusively revealed two weeks ago he is set to secure Huddersfield Town defender Sean Scannell, who played non-senior international football for the Republic of Ireland.

Sunday Life understands O’Neill, determined to freshen up his squad after World Cup heartache, has already held talks with Goss and the former Manchester United starlet is mulling over whether to commit to Northern Ireland.

Goss has been a revelation for Rangers since joining the Ibrox giants on loan from QPR in January.

He scored a stunning goal against St Johnstone last Wednesday night and will be in the Light Blues midfield today for the Scottish Cup clash against Falkirk and then is looking forward to his first Old Firm clash against Celtic next weekend.

If Goss agrees to come on board, O’Neill could call him up to his squad for the friendly against South Korea later this month and the end of season tour to Central America, where Northern Ireland will face Panama and Costa Rica.

Goss spent five years with Manchester United and was considered a promising prospect at Old Trafford.

Having come up through the under-age teams, the talented central midfielder, who can also play right back, made Louis van Gaal’s first team squad but only featured in a pre-season friendly against Paris St Germain in 2015 on a US Tour.

Goss moved to QPR on a three-and-a-half year deal 14 months ago but struggled for first team opportunities and therefore was thrilled to reignite his career at Rangers when the opportunity arose in January.

A QPR insider said: “Goss was billed as the next Michael Carrick but sadly lost his way at Loftus Road after a falling out with boss Ian Holloway. However, he is back to his best at Rangers and I fully expect to see him back at QPR when the loan deal finishes at the end of the season.”

Rangers boss Graham Murty has stated in recent days that he would love to sign Goss on a permanent deal but this has been slammed by Holloway, who is adamant he will be playing his football in west London next season.

Goss is not concerned by the latest attention and says: “I have not really thought about it [my future] to be fair. When I was at QPR I was told I wouldn’t fit into the way the manager wanted to set up the midfield and the way we were playing at the time.

“I’m focusing on my time at Rangers just now and I’m loving my time here — enjoying the opportunity and the faith being shown in me.”

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