By Wayne Veysey

2nd Dec, 2016 | 9:22pm

Report: Rangers line up midfielder January deal, decision made on 23-year-old loan

By Alex Stevens

Rangers want to sign a goalscoring midfielder in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Daily Record claim that manager Mark Warburton wants to beef up his midfield with a player who can boost the club’s flimsy goal output.

But it is said that Rangers have ruled out a January loan move for Porto playmaker Joao Teixeira after reports linking the Scottish giants with a swoop for him.

Teixeira left Liverpool for Porto in the summer after running down his contract with the Premier League giants.

The 23-year-old spent a short period on loan with Brentford when Warburton was manager of the Championship club.

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The Daily Record report that Rangers looked into the possibility of signing Teixeira in the January window but they are now looking elsewhere.

Warburton’s engine room has been ripped apart by the loss of Niko Kranjcar for the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament on top of a long term injury to Jordan Rossiter and a stop-start campaign for Josh Windass in addition to the much-publicised Joey Barton exit.

Rangers, who are second in the league, are preparing for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash against fourth-placed Aberdeen at Ibrox.

Football Insider verdict:

Rangers are crying out for a midfielder who is acquainted with hitting the back of the net. Warburton’s side have some tidy players in the central acres but none are penalty box killers. The club’s most prolific midfielders this season are Harry Forrester and Andy Halliday, who have both netted three Scottish Premiership goals, coincidentally the same number as the leading forwards Kenny Miller and Joe Garner. Without more goals from midfield, it is hard to see Rangers finishing second in the league, never mind challenging runaway leaders Celtic.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club have reportedly been offered a Championship attacker.