Rangers will continue spending to secure “marquee signings” and the English Championship is the ideal place to find suitable targets.

That is according to Kieran Maguire, football finance expert and new Football Insider columnist, speaking exclusively to correspondent Adam Williams after Steven Gerrard’s side were linked with a move for Preston North End’s Daniel Johnson.

Football Insider revealed that Johnson, a 28-year-old attacking midfielder, is being targeted by Rangers with a view to him signing a pre-contract ahead of the summer.

Johnson is not the only player to be linked with a pre-contract move in recent weeks.

Aberdeen’s Scott Wright also said to be close to reaching an agreement to swap Pittodrie for Ibrox when his current deal expires at the end of the season, according to Sky Sports.

Maguire believes that this is transfer strategy makes sense, as does recruiting players from the physically-demanding leagues like the Championship.

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He told Football Insider: “We’ve seen a lot of these deals from Rangers, and it’s good thinking in terms of keeping their costs down. 

“But we have seen Rangers have increase their spending too. Until 2016-17, they were spending sometimes only £200k or £300k a year. Now they’re now fishing in a different pool, the likes of Ryan Jack and so on.

“The relative success they’re going to have in Europe this year is going to help them as well.

“They seem to know the type of player that they’re looking for. So they’ll get a couple of quasi-marquee signings by their standards,.

“Then they’ll go for other players who can prove themselves, and the Championship is a really good place to do that. There are players who can play an awful lot of games in that division, which would make sense for the Scottish Premiership too.”

Rangers will be looking to sure up their enormous advantage in the Scottish Premiership in the January window.

They are currently 21 points ahead of 2nd place Celtic and are remain undefeated in the league this season.

In other news, there has been a major update in Rangers star Ryan Kent’s contract situation.