By Coral Barry

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle is hopeful he can persuade Danny Graham to reject the interest of Rangers and Celtic this summer.

Graham spent the second half of the season on loan at Ewood Park and produced some excellent performances on the way to grabbing seven goals in just 18 appearances in the Championship.

The Sunderland striker’s form has attracted the attention of Rangers and Celtic and Coyle had admitted he is aware of “big offers” from other clubs.

“Danny is a good player and given his situation there’s no doubt that he’s going to have some very big offers on the table,” said Coyle speaking to the Sunderland Echo.

“He’s an outstanding player, somebody I’ve always liked, and that’s all relative to what we can do.

“Ultimately we’ll work within everything we’ve got here to bring those players in and Danny’s a very good player.

“Whether we can get him to the football club, because I know he’ll have some very big offers, remains to be seen.”

The 30-year-old has been frozen out at Sunderland and will become a free agent in the summer free to chose whichever club he prefers.

Coyle wants him back at Blackburn permanently while Brendan Rodgers is believed to be keen on a reunion with his former striker.

Rodgers made Graham Swansea’s then club-record signing in 2011 and the striker went on to be their top scorer in his debut season.

As revealed by Football Insider at the start of last month, Rangers are also een on securing his services, with Gers boss Mark Warburton also familiar with Graham from his time at Watford.

In other Rangers news, Neil Warnock has backed Joey Barton to be an unrivalled success at the Ibrox.