By Tom Blackburn

Rangers have been given a boost in their pursuit of prolific Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw after being told he could be available this summer.

Walsall manager Jon Whitney said he won’t stand in the striker’s way if he wants to quit the League One club.

The Glasgow giants will return to the Scottish Premier League next season and the Walsall Advertiser claim Rangers are targeting Wales international Bradshaw.

The 23-year-old striker has scored 20-plus goals in each of the last two seasons, including 17 league goals in 41  appearances during 2015-16.

However in an interview with the Walsall Advertiser, Whitney said he is unconcerned at the prospect of Bradshaw moving on.

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Whitney saud: “I wouldn’t worry for one minute about it because once he’s gone, he’s gone. I couldn’t do anything about that.

“I’m very dynamic and proactive. I’ll deal with what’s in front of me. If Tom moves on, I’ll wish him all the best.

“I’ll do what I can to keep him but if he goes I’ll find somebody else.

“It might take time to develop him like it did with Tom for the first 12 months, to make him stronger and more robust for League One but I can do that again.

“I’ve got a good eye for players and we understand the kind of young, energetic targets with huge potential that we are after.”

A number of Championship sides including Reading, Preston North End and Birmingham City are also said to be interested and are keeping tabs on Bradshaw’s situation.

Bradshaw began his career at Shrewsbury where he netted 17 times in 97 appearances across all competitions, before joining local rivals Walsall for an undisclosed fee.

The striker, whose contract runs out in 12 months, was expected to be at Euro 2016 with Wales but picked up a calf injury at their pre-tournament training camp.

Bradshaw made his Wales debut earlier this year under Chris Coleman, coming off the bench in a loss to Ukraine.

In other Rangers news, they have suffered a major blow in battle to keep key man from English rivals.