By Noel Whelan

3rd Dec, 2021 | 8:00pm

Rangers tipped to complete January 'coup' and sell wonderkid for 'big profit' after Simons update - pundit

Rangers could seal a “real coup” with the signing of Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Xavi Simons, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 19-year-old would be a “really important” signing for the Ibrox club.

According to Spanish outlet AS (1 December), new Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has made contact with Simons’ representative Mino Raiola about a potential move for the midfielder in January.

The Dutchman is out of contract at Parc des Princes at the end of the season.

Whelan insisted Van Bronckhorst has sprung no surprises by targeting players known to him.

“It sounds like a real coup,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

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“He’s been at some exceptional clubs, and Van Bronckhorst will know exactly what he’s like because he’ll have seen him before.

“It doesn’t surprise me that the new manager is delving into the market for players he knows, he’s seen, or worked with in the past.

“Again, you’re going into the market and getting a really good deal on a player who is coming out of contract at a good age – giving you that longevity.

“It’s really important to get these types of players through the door. He could be a real bargain that Rangers could sell on for a big profit later down the road.”

Simons started his career in Barcelona’s La Masia academy.

The wonderkid left for Paris in 2019 but has made just two senior appearances for the club.

Rangers are top of the Scottish Premiership, leading Celtic by four points.

The Gers have won four of their last five league games.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has shared a “surprise” £12m Rangers reveal.