Liverpool are keeping tabs on Rangers rising stars Nathan Patterson and Leon King, Football Insider understands.

The Merseyside giants have been alerted by scouts to the defensive pair, who are emerging as two of the standout young players in Scottish football.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Patterson, 18, and King, 15, are both being looked at as targets for the club’s academy.

However, the Champions League holders will have to move quickly if they are to secure a deal for Patterson.

As reported by Football Insider, the Light Blues are in talks with Patterson over a new three-year deal to replace his current agreement, which expires next summer.

The club’s senior and academy coaches have big plans for the young defender, who is predominantly a right-back but can also slot in at centre-back and left-back.

He has been compared to Football Insider columnist and record Rangers sale Alan Hutton for his style of play and immense potential as he graduates through the club’s ranks.

King is three years younger than Patterson and also a defender, although he is playing predominantly at centre-back for the Rangers and Scotland age-group teams.

The 15-year-old is so precocious he made his debut for the Light Blues’ development side at the age of 14 and is already playing regularly for Scotland Under-17s.

Rangers are aware of the growing interest in their best young players but are hopeful they can keep them with the offer of a clearer pathway to first team football.

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