Rangers and Celtic are ready to go head-to-head to sign Jack Whatmough next summer, according to The Sun.
Portsmouth defender Whatmough is out of contract at the end of the season and Rangers are hoping to snap him up on a pre-contract agreement.
Having already tied up Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara on pre-contract deals, Rangers are now eyeing Whatmough as their next target.
But they might consider fast-tracking this deal and trying to bring him in this January, if Garry Birtles is to be believed.
Ex-Nottingham Forest player Birtles believes that his former team-mate Martin O’Neill could recall Joe Worrall from his loan spell at Rangers, according to The National.
Worrall has played 17 times for the Gers since sealing a season-long loan switch from Nottingham Forest last summer.
But with the Reds in the midst of a defensive crisis and with O’Neill taking over at the club, Worrall’s immediate future is far from certain.
This could prompt Rangers to increase their interest in Whatmough, who would be a long-term replacement for Worrall at Ibrox.
The 22-year-old has been in fine form for Pompey this season, helping them mount a title challenge in League One.
With 26 appearances under his belt this season, Whatmough is approaching 100 senior games, despite his young age and previous long-term injuries.
The former England under-19 defender’s contract is up at the end of this season and Portsmouth might be pressured to sell to Rangers this month.