By Will Butcher
Rangers are plotting a move to sign Scunthorpe goalkeeper Luke Daniels as Matt Gilks nears a January exit, according to reports.
The Scottish Sun reported earlier this month that 34-year-old Gilks is expected to leave Rangers during the January window, with Wigan set to snap up the experienced stopper.
With Warburton scouring the market to replace Gilks, HITC Sport claims the Gers will rival Cardiff and Huddersfield to bring 29-year-old Daniels to Glasgow as his contract nears its end.
A Manchester United academy product, Daniels’ current Scunthorpe deal expires in the summer and could be available in a cut-price move this month.
Daniels would take Gilks’ place as the Gers’ number two to undisputed first-choice goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, who continues to excel between the Ibrox sticks.
Nomadic stopper Daniels only left Premier League outfit West Brom in 2015’s January transfer window after 11 years with the Baggies that saw him move on loan seven times.
Scunthorpe’s number one played for the likes of Motherwell, Charlton and Bristol Rovers on a temporary basis before signing permanently with his current side two years ago.
This season, Daniels has been in magnificent form with 11 clean sheets in his 28 league and cup appearances as he inspires his side’s promotion push to the Championship.
Football Insider verdict:
Current number two keeper Gilks has failed to impress or challenge Foderingham for the number one jersey at Ibrox. Signing Daniels, who is likely to be available on the cheap which would suit the Gers and their limited transfer budget, could bring the best out of Foderingham. Providing top-class back-up to the former Swindon goalkeeper will keep Foderingham on his toes and could even see Daniels rival the 25-year-old for a starting spot. However, Daniels is likely to play understudy and it is unlikely that he will want to warm the bench at Ibrox after doing so at West Brom for so long.
In other Rangers transfer news, this Scottish Premiership stalwart is also interesting the Gers as his contract winds down.