Exclusive: Phillips tells London-club striker to reject Rangers move after big development

Kevin Phillips has urged Lyle Taylor to think twice before moving to Rangers after the striker revealed he would be leaving Charlton this summer.

The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 30-year-old would be third in the pecking order at Ibrox if Alfredo Morelos remains at the club.

The striker has revealed he will not play for Charlton again this season due to fears he will suffer an injury that could scupper a life-changing move in the upcoming transfer window.

Rangers are interested in the London-born forward but face competition from a number of Championship clubs.

Phillips advised the Englishman to move to a club where he would be guaranteed regular first-team football.

“He can go to Scotland but if Morelos stays and Defoe stays – does he get in front of those two? I do not think he does at the moment,” he told Football Insider.

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“He might be going from a club where he is playing week in, week out to a club where he is going to be on the bench.

“From the player’s point of view, if you are going to leave, go to a club where you will play week in, week out and continue doing what you have been doing.

“He is rated very highly. I want to see him playing regularly wherever he is next year.”  

Taylor has scored 11 goals in 22 Championship appearances this term.

Jermaine Defoe agreed a permanent deal with the Gers in January but the future of Morelos is far from certain heading into the summer transfer window.

In other Rangers news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider Steven Gerrard most keep hold of 27yo if he wants to challenge for the title next season.