Rangers target Daniel Johnson branded 'phenomenal' by two ex-Preston wingers

Rangers have been pursuing Preston playmaker Daniel Johnson this month, but have yet to secure a deal.

Johnson was left out of the Preston squad to face Swansea City last weekend, and we reported that Rangers had agreed a fee for Johnson – which has since turned out to not be the case… well, you live and learn!

Regardless, Rangers are still keen on Johnson, and may still push to try and sign him before the October transfer deadline.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Preston North End’s Daniel Johnson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Millwall at Deepdale on February 15, 2020 in Preston, England. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The 27-year-old is out of contract this summer, meaning he would be able to sign for Rangers on a pre-contract agreement when the January transfer window opens.

That puts Preston under some pressure to sell before he leaves for nothing, and Johnson was out of the side to face Norwich City on Saturday due to a groin injury.

News of Rangers’ interest in Johnson has been rife in Scotland over the last 10 days, and two ex-Preston wingers have spoken about the Jamaican’s quality.

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Preston North End’s Daryl Horgan rues a missed opportunity during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Preston North End at Oakwell Stadium on December 26, 2017 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Daryl Horgan has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Johnson is ‘phenomenal’ and is exactly what Rangers need because of his ability to play the killer pass in the final third.

Meanwhile, Chris Humphrey has spoken to the Daily Record, suggesting that Johnson ‘would be unreal’ for Rangers as he is an ‘unbelievable’ player whilst echoing Horgan’s sentiments that he is phenomenal.

Their praise for Johnson is certainly well-placed, though Preston will be hoping that they can keep hold of the playmaker and fend Rangers off.

Chris Humphrey of Preston North End (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

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