Rangers have set their sights on Bolton Wanderers centre-forward Ronan Darcy, Football Insider can reveal.

The Glasgow giants have joined a clutch of clubs from south of the border in running the rule over the 18-year-old attacker.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers have scouted Darcy as they assess various young talents ahead of January.

Darcy has come through the youth ranks at Bolton, and made his senior debut on the final day of last season, coming off the bench in a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

The teenager has made eight appearances in all competitions for cash-strapped Wanderers so far this term – six of those coming in League One.

He scored his first senior goal in a 5-2 defeat at Rochdale in the League Cup in mid-August.

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Darcy has had less game time since Bolton emerged from their financial crisis to sign nine players on the League One deadline day at the start of last month.

He last featured in a 6-1 League One mauling by Rotherham United on 14 September.

Ormskirk-born Darcy previously had a youth loan spell at non-League side Skelmersdale United.

Bolton now face a fight to keep hold of the exciting starlet, with clubs ready to capitalise on their financial problems by luring him away from Lancashire for a bargain fee.

Bolton are next in action on Saturday week as their fixture scheduled for Saturday against Burton Albion has been postponed due to call-ups for national squads.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have offered a £4.2million new deal.