Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson will “very likely” be wearing a Rangers shirt next season, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker said that the 28-year-old is a player who would improve Steven Gerrard’s side despite their unequivocal success this season.

Johnson has entered the final six months of his contract at Deepdale and is free to talk to foreign clubs regarding a pre-contract ahead of the summer.

Football Insider revealed that the door has opened for the Gers to sign the attacking midfielder after he turned down a lucrative contract offer from Preston North End.

He has been one of Preston’s standout performers in recent years and his 18 appearances across all competitions this season have yielded four goals and three assists.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Johnson’s future, Whelan said:

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“He is a player that could improve Steven Gerrard’s side and I only see him getting better under Steven Gerrard. He would give Rangers more strength in depth and that is why Stevie G wants him.

“I think he has been watched a number of times now.

“The club are on the verge of winning the Scottish Premiership this year and while they need to tie down the players who have contributed massively to this campaign they also need to look ahead to next season.

“When you get players like that, who could be available on a free transfer in the summer, big clubs will be there.

“It looks like Steven Gerrard has been keeping tabs and we will have to watch this space. It looks very likely that he will be in a Glasgow Rangers shirt next season.”  

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