Rangers could sign a future “multi-million-pound player” in Dion McGhee after his release from Manchester United, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that the 19-year-old attacking midfielder will have the “right attitude” and a “good background” after 13 years at Old Trafford.

The Daily Star report that West Ham, Watford and Derby have joined the Gers in the hunt to sign McGhee after he was given the green light to leave as a free agent this summer.

Whelan insists that there is still plenty of time for a club to develop the hot prospect into a first-team talent and that his experience from the Manchester United youth ranks will stand him in good stead for the future.

Asked if the possibility of working with Steven Gerrard would be a big lure for the youngster, Whelan told Football Insider: “It is, it is. Any player that gets released from Manchester United at a young age, you know they’ve got a good background, you know they’re going to have the technique and the right attitude.

“It doesn’t surprise me that clubs are looking. Obviously he’s still very, very young, still time to nurture these players as well and for him to progress his career and football game. 

“If you’re going to get players like that coming out of Manchester United, released, you know you’re going to be getting something good to work with and progress, maybe, into a multi-million-pound player.

“You can’t turn your nose up at these sort of players coming out of these big clubs.” 

McGhee never featured for Manchester United’s senior side but played regularly for the Red Devils’ reserve side this season.

He has proven to be a versatile player during his fledgeling career, playing as a winger and a full-back as well as his natural attacking midfield role.

In other Rangers news, Frank McAvennie has revealed what he has heard about the Gers’ efforts to sign the next Scott Brown.