By Pete O'Rourke

30th Oct, 2019 | 10:00am

Ibrox Exclusive: Rangers plot move to sign Preston 28-yr-old in January

Rangers are plotting a move to sign Preston North End goalkeeper Declan Rudd in January, Football Insider understands.

Rudd has emerged on the radar of the Scottish giants after impressing for Championship surprise package Preston this season.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club are keeping close tabs on the keeper, 28, as they assess their January signing options.

Rudd is out of contract at Preston next summer and Rangers know they could try and sign him for a bargain fee in the winter window or agree a pre-contract deal with him to join next season.

The Glasgow club are considering their goalkeeping options at Ibrox with current No.1 Allan McGregor turning 38 in January and back-up keeper Wes Foderingham out of contract next June.

McGregor is firmly established as the first choice in Steven Gerrard’s side, while Foderingham has had to play second fiddle for the last season-and-a-half.

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Rudd is emerging as one of the best goalkeepers outside of the Premier League in English football.

He has been an ever-present for Preston in the Championship this term and has been instrumental in helping them to a surprise second spot in the table.

Former England Under-21 keeper Rudd began his career at Norwich and had loan spells at Preston and Charlton before making the move to Deepdale permanent in 2017.

He has made 137 appearances for North End, during which he has conceded 144 goals and kept an impressive 43 clean sheets.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Dave King has slapped price tag on Ibrox player as Premier League club plot big-money swoop.