By Noel Whelan

2nd Nov, 2020 | 6:00pm

'Could he join Rangers in January? Yes...' - Pundit reacts to big Ibrox-PL transfer reveal

Rangers have been tipped to be in the running to sign John Lundstram in January after he rejected a new Sheffield United contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan hailed the 26-year-old midfielder as an “outstanding” player in Chris Wilder’s side.

But he warned Rangers will face strong competition from Premier League clubs with more financial muscle and Lundstram is more likely to stay south of the border.

United boss Chris Wilder revealed at his media conference last week that Lundstram will not be signing a new contract with the club ahead of his deal expiring next summer and admitted he could even be sold in January.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that his availability has alerted top clubs including Rangers, Crystal Palace and Burnley.

“Could he join Rangers in January? Yes, he could, but Sheffield United won’t want to let him go without signing a replacement,” Whelan told Football Insider

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“If they get dragged into a relegation battle, they will certainly need a player like Lundstram, who is proven in English football and can be relied upon to do what Chris Wilder wants him to do.

“Rangers are certainly a more attractive destination these days and have been massively improved by Stevie Gerrard.

“But they can’t offer the wages of the big Premier League clubs, so they will be the favourites to sign Lundstram.”

The central midfielder started United’s first six league matches this season but was dropped to the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Man City.

In other news, the door has opened for Rangers to sign £4m-valued star loved by Ross Wilson on pre-contract ahead of January window.