By Noel Whelan

31st May, 2022 | 11:19am

Rangers tipped to sign next Joe Hart after update - pundit

Noel Whelan has backed Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland to emulate Joe Hart’s Celtic success if he completes a move to Rangers this summer.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested potential Champions League group stage football could persuade the 29-year-old to join the Ibrox club.

According to The Sun (28 May), Bournemouth and Rangers are set to do battle for Butland, who is contracted until June 2023, as doubts form about his future at Palace.

The nine-time England international made 15 appearances for the Eagles during the 2021-22 campaign, keeping three clean sheets.

Hart joined Celtic last summer (2021) following years as a backup for Burnley and Tottenham.

He won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup in his first campaign north of the border.

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Whelan insisted the signing of Butland could help the pendulum swing Rangers’ way next season.

“Jack has been on the radar for a long time now in England,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“But look, just like Joe Hart, I think this could be a perfect scenario for him. We’ve seen how going to Celtic has reignited his career, and I think it’s the same for Butland and Rangers.

“He’s got experience and talent – and a consistent Jack Butland could make the world of difference in between the sticks.

“He could well be playing week-in, week-out in the Champions League – and that will be hard to turn down.”

Links to Butland come as current Gers keeper Allan McGregor’s contract comes to an end.

However, Ibrox sources told Football Insider earlier this month (9 May) that the club are in advanced talks to tie McGregor, 40, down.

In other news, Alex McLeish tells Rangers to copy Celtic ‘wonder show’ as transfer blizzard predicted.