Danny Mills has claimed Jacob Murphy could snub a potential move to Rangers and sign for a Premier League club instead.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender delivered his verdict after Southampton and newly-promoted Southampton entered the race for the 26-year-old.
Football Insider revealed during the week Watford would make Murphy their number one priority for the summer window if they were promoted.
The Hornets sealed an immediate return to the Premier League on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Millwall.
Asked whether the pull of Ibrox could outweigh Premier League interest, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Maybe.
“The Scottish league is a tricky one, it really is.
“I suppose it depends on what you want as a player. Is that enough?
“Or if you’ve got the opportunity to play in the Premier League that’s more competitive, there’s more exposure week in, week out, there’s more money.
“As a player, you’re always looking to improve and what’s next and where can I go to?
“It’s about man-management of yourself. Learn your trade, get better so when you go to another club you’re ready and go straight into the first-team rather than sit on the bench.
“Players rarely stay at one club for their whole career.”
Murphy signed for Newcastle United in the summer of 2017 under popular former manager Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard labelled the versatile winger a “talented player” and he has gone on to make 67 appearances for the Magpies, including 12 Premier League starts this season.