Report: Preston North End keen on summer move for Rangers midfielder Ian Black

Preston are keen on signing the 30-year-old Rangers star.

As reported by the Daily Mail, newly-promoted Championship club Preston North End are keen on signing Ian Black, having been impressed by his form for Rangers this term.

Lilywhites boss Simon Grayson - who led his team to a 4-0 victory over Swindon in the League One play-off final - is looking to revamp his playing squad ahead of the Championship campaign, has highlighted Black as a player to bring talent and experience to his midfield.

The once-capped Scottish international has played for Rangers since the summer of 2012, making 115 appearances with a return of eight goals and 22 assists. Prior to his spell at Ibrox, he played with Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and has played over 300 games in Scottish football.

This season he has played 35 games, and is looking to help Stuart McCall’s men into the Premiership by winning the Championship play-offs. The Light Blues take on Motherwell tonight in the first-leg of the game, before facing the return leg at the weekend.

Black’s contract expires this summer, meaning he will be available on a free transfer should Preston so wish to make a formal approach for him. He has not played as much under McCall as he did during Ally McCoist’s reign, but the ageing midfielder has still proven himself a valuable part of the Gers’ set-up.

There are no indications as to whether he will be offered a new deal at Ibrox, and if not approached by Rangers for an extension, he would likely be keen on making a move to the English Championship with Preston.

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