Rangers were knocked back twice by Liverpool as they tried to lure rising star Curtis Jones in January, Football Insider understands.

The Scottish giants made moves to sign the 19-year-old on loan for the second half of the season after identifying him as capable of adding guile and quality to their attacking play.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that manager Steven Gerrard twice attempted to use his connections at the club where he has legendary status to land Jones.

Rangers made two separate loan offers for the attacking midfielder, one at start of the window and one later on.

Both were knocked back by Liverpool after manager Jurgen Klopp was blown away by the progress made by the teenager in recent months.

Jones, who only turned 19 last Thursday, has already made seven first-team appearances.

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The teenager has scored twice, including a sensational strike when a fledgling Liverpool team knocked Everton out of the FA Cup last month.

He has also twice come off the bench in recent Premier League matches, including in last week’s 2-0 Premier League win at West Ham.

Gerrard, who used to manage Liverpool Under-18s, has seen the versatile teenager as capable of creating and scoring goals for his malfunctioning side.

The Rangers manager has had great success in taking rising stars from Anfield north of the border over the last 18 months.

Ryan Kent, Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo have all made the move from the Champions League holders, with the former converting his initial loan to sign permanently in a £7.5million deal last summer.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club agreed a last-gap deadline day deal costing a six-figure sum.