By Kevin Phillips

22nd Mar, 2021 | 9:30am

Rangers backed to beat Euro rivals to sign Assombalonga on pre-contract after big update - pundit

Rangers enjoy a stellar reputation in Europe and that makes them “really attractive to a lot” of potential transfer targets.

That is according to European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Give Me Sport reported that Rangers have Britt Assombalonga in their sights ahead of the summer.

The 28-year-old striker is out of contract at the end of the season and Rangers are free to approach him to sign a pre-contract before then.

The Nottingham Forest man is also the subject of interest from clubs in Belgium and France, the report claims.

And Phillips believes that Rangers’ standing in Europe gives them the edge over their rivals when it comes to pursuing transfer targets.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It helps when you’re the Scottish champions and you’ve got Steven Gerrard as your manager.

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“Everyone knows the size of Rangers and Celtic in European football. That appeals to a lot of players.

“We’ve seen it so many times over the years, the amount of quality players who have played in Scotland.

“Rangers’ profile is bigger and they’re moving in the right direction. They’ve won the league, they have done well in Europe and players want to be a part of that. It makes them really attractive to a lot of players.”

Assombolonga cost Middlesbrough a club-record £15m when he signed from Nottingham Forest in 2017.

Rangers made it 33 games unbeaten in the league with a 1-1 draw with Celtic on Sunday.

They were crowned Scottish Premiership champions two weeks earlier, their first title in a decade.

In other news, a top pundit and ex-international goalkeeper is in awe of Allan McGregor after another brilliant performance in Sunday’s Glasgow derby.