By Alex Stevens

Rangers have lost out to Peterborough in their pursuit of prolific striker Mathew Stevens, it was confirmed on Friday.

Mark Warburton was keen on bringing Barnet striker Stevens to Rangers after his contract with the League Two club expired.

But Peterborough announced on their official website on Friday that they had won the race to land the 18-year-old and that he had signed a three-year contract.

Stevens was targeted by a number of Football League clubs in England following his prolific form at youth-team level.

The striker scored 56 goals for the Barnet in all competitions in the 2015-16 season, including youth team, Under-21s matches and senior matches.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph reported that Rangers closely followed the teenager as they attempted to add to their ranks of players from England, including new signings Joey Barton and Jordan Rossiter.

Post manager Grant McCann told the Peterborough website: “Matty has been scoring a lot of goals for Barnet in their under 21s and will be one for the future for us.

“He is an excellent finisher and I am delighted to add him to the group. He is only a youngster so he has plenty of time and I am looking forward to working with him and helping him develop.”

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

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