By Dominic Toner

Rangers are interested in signing Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson, according to a report.

The Daily Record claim that Gers manager Mark Warburton has prioritised the signing of the 21-year-old when the January transfer window opens.

The report details that Nicholson’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and Rangers are set to offer a pre-contract agreement in January.

Nicholson is currently sidelined with a knee injury and has not featured since September, but is expected to make his comeback in January.

The winger is extremely quick and was in good form before he had a knee operation, scoring four goals and supplying three assists in 13 appearances this season.

The youngster has played eight times for Scotland’s Under-21s and is regarded as an exciting emerging talent.

Nicholson has developed into an important player for Hearts since coming through their academy and helped them to third-placed in the league last season.

Celtic have emerged as the runaway leaders in the Scottish Premiership this season, leaving Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts fighting for second.

Football Insider verdict:

Rangers could be doing a smart piece of business if they wrap up Sam Nicholson on a pre-contract agreement in the January window. The youngster has shown great promise since breaking through Hearts’ academy and has racked up 113 appearances for the senior side. He is continuing to develop every game and will be keen to prove himself when he returns from injury. Rangers are currently lacking goals from midfield and Nicholson could fit nicely into a wide position. The pacy winger is beginning to develop into a dangerous player and would certainly add some extra quality to Mark Warburton’s squad.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in the race to land a box-to-box midfielder from an English club.