Noel Whelan believes if Rangers can add John Lundstram to their squad then they’ll have a real chance of beating Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Whelan delivered his verdict as Sheffield United look to cash in on their midfielder who has just one year left on his contract.
Rangers along with Burnley and West Ham United are keeping tracks on the 26-year-old but no firm bid has been submitted, according to the Athletic.
Chris Wilder has tied up the futures of John Fleck and Oliver Norwood and is said to be running out of patience with Lundstram who has a contract offer on the table.
Asked by Football Insider what Lundstram joining Rangers would mean for the teddy bears, Whelan said: “It shows they’re not messing about doesn’t it.
“It shows they want to progress from last season and add quality to what they’ve already got.
“They’ve turned down offers for Ryan Kent, they’re digging their heels in with Morelos.
“If they can keep those two players and add Lundstram to their squad there’s a real competitive edge as they go up against Celtic.
“He’s a fantastic player, he proved that last season. He’s big, he’s strong, he plays the game the right way and he can bring goals which is a massive plus.
“For them to try and capitalise on a player who has only got a year left is good business by Rangers.
“If they can get him through the door they’re getting a very very experience good strong player which will make a difference to their challenge to Celtic this season.
“I’m sure there’s many clubs looking at him after the season he had last year. It won’t just be Rangers keeping an eye on him.”