Noel Whelan has waxed lyrical about Daniel Johnson as Rangers ready an official bid for the Preston North End midfielder.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker suggested that the 27-year-old would be valued at close to the £8million mark.

However, with just nine months left on the player’s contract at Deepdale, the Gers will hope that they can tempt the Championship into parting with their star player.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that the attacking midfielder is in advanced talks with the Glasgow giants over a move.

Johnson‘s 33 league appearances last season yielded an impressive 12 goals and eight assists as Preston narrowly missed out on the play-off spots.

When asked by Football Insider if the Jamaican would be a welcome addition at Ibrox, Whelan said:

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“Yeah he is a really exciting player and I think he was their top scorer last season.

“A player that has got pace, very intelligent on the ball, can assist and has an eye for goal. He would breeze the Scottish Premiership because of his attributes and talent.

“Another good young player and somebody that would add quality to an already quality squad at Rangers. I do not think he would cost too much money, around the £7-8million mark but for that sort of player it is a good price.

“He works hard, has great pace and tremendous ability. It does not surprise me that Rangers want him, it just surprises me that someone has not bought him already.”

Johnson has told Preston boss Alex Neil he is “very keen” to join the Teddy Bears this summer and be part of a squad the hopes to end Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football.

The midfielder was absent from Preston’s matchday squad that lost 1-0 to Swansea City on Saturday.

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