Noel Whelan claims Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson will snub transfer approaches from all clubs until Rangers make an offer.
The former Dons striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Ferguson will aim to emulate his father and uncle by playing for the Gers.
Last week, Football Insider revealed Rangers are plotting a move for the Aberdeen 21-year-old.
Ibrox sources have told this site Rangers are confident Ferguson is “desperate” to join if a deal can be agreed.
Lewis has a strong Rangers connection as the son of Derek Ferguson and nephew of legendary midfielder Barry Ferguson.
Ferguson has already had a transfer request rejected following an “insulting” bid from a Premier League club.
When asked if Ferguson will wait for Rangers to come in for him, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “Yeah, I think so.
“I think if he had the choice, he would want to emulate what Barry and Derek did.
“That would give Rangers a better chance of getting that player. Plus the fact you’ve got Steven Gerrard working there as well.
“The club is in a really healthy position and playing for Rangers is a really attractive proposition.
“He would be a very welcome addition to that team. He is the type of player you look at, he’s the future of Rangers.
“They aren’t buying old school players, they want to bed in youngsters into a very successful team with a good foundation.”
Ferguson made 41 total appearances for the Dons this season.
He picked up 10 goals and five assists as his side finished fourth in the Scottish Premiership.