Rangers are keeping close tabs on Hearts sensation Aaron Hickey, Football Insider understands.
The Scottish giants are among the clubs with a strong interest in the rising star, who is a regular in Craig Levein’s side even though he only turned 17 in June.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers have lined up regular transfer missions to assess a player they believe has star potential.
Scouts are beating a path to Hearts’ door for checks on Hickey, with Premier League clubs led by Manchester City among those linked with interest in him in recent times.
The teenager made his debut at the end of last season, and started the Scottish Cup final defeat by Celtic.
Hickey has established himself as a regular starter in the new campaign, with all 10 of his appearances so far coming in the starting XI.
The versatile defender is predominantly a left-back but further enhanced his reputation by playing in midfield last weekend and scoring the winner in the Edinburgh derby win at Hibernian.
Levein has made it clear that the Tynecastle outfit want to tie Hickey down to a new deal following his remarkable rise.
The manager has previously confirmed that Hickey’s name came up in discussions with Manchester City, and he says he is not surprised by the interest in him.
Rangers have showed in recent times they are eager to sign top young Scottish talent from rivals, with Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones both arriving over the summer.