By Kevin Phillips

12th Jan, 2021 | 4:00pm

'Huge Coup' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to big update on Rangers luring defender to Ibrox

Kevin Phillips is not surprised Rangers are working on agreeing a deal with Preston North End defender Ben Davies this month.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former English striker revealed he is a big admirer of the centre-back and believes he would be a major coup for the Glasgow giants.

Rangers have been alerted to Davies’ availability as they consider a potential reshuffle to their backline and prepare for at least one big-money exit.

Football Insider revealed last week that Davies and his Preston teammates Daniel Johnson and Ben Pearson have all rejected club-record contract offers to replace their existing agreements.

They can discuss pre-contract deals from this month with their foreign suitors, who include Celtic as well as Rangers.

That gives Steven Gerrard’s side an advantage over teams interested in Davies south of the border.

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Asked by Football Insider if the Preston defender would be a huge coup for Rangers, Phillips said: “Definitely. There are not that many left-sided centre-halves around. It does not half help so he could give Rangers good balance.

“Having been in coaching it is quite difficult when you get two right-footed, right-sided players playing at centre-half.

“Of course you also need quality but Davies has a lot of quality as well. He has shown that this season. He would have no problem going up to Scotland.

“It gives you a slight advantage being able to play at left centre-half and that may appeal to Gerrard. It does not surprise me that they are interested in signing him, he has done very well this season.”  

North End valued Davies at £10million last summer but is now believed they would accept an offer in the region of £5million for their academy product.

In other news, Rangers have been told defender has reached an agreement in principle with English club.