By Alex Stevens

Mark Warburton is keen on bringing ex-Barnet striker Mathew Stevens to Rangers after his contract expired, according to a report.

Stevens has just become a free agent and has been targeted by a number of Football League clubs in England following his prolific form at youth-team level.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph claim League One club Peterborough face competition for the 18-year-old striker from Rangers.

Rangers have signed four players from England already this summer, including the headline capture of Joey Barton, and reportedly want to add to the contingent with the signing of Stevens

The young forward, who scored two goals in 12 first team appearances for Barnet this season, would not be a free transfer as the Londoners would be due a compensation fee for the player’s training costs.

But it is his eyecatching form at youth-team level that has caught the eye of scouts and leading football figures, including at Grant McCann’s Peterborough.

“Grant likes Mathew Stevens a lot,” Posh director of football Fry told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. “He scored a couple of hat-tricks against our youth and under 21 sides and he’s just an out and out goal-scorer.

“I have spoken to Barnet as there would be a compensation fee even though the player is out of contract.”

If Stevens did move to Rangers he would become the Ibrox side’s fifth signing of the summer, as the Light Blues look to strengthen for their first season back in the Scottish Premiership.

In other Rangers news, the Gers may be in line for a significant upgrade in the goalkeeping department if their current number two departs.