Report: Accrington's Matt Crooks agrees contract with Rangers ahead of summer Ibrox move

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Accrington Stanley's Matt Crooks has allegedly agreed to join Rangers at the end of the season.

According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers have tied up another pre-contract agreement, with Matt Crooks joining his Accrington team-mate Josh Windass at Ibrox.

Reports from the Daily Record on Tuesday evening suggested that Accrington playmaker Windass, 21, had sealed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers, meaning he will join the club at the end of the season, when his contract with Accrington expires.

The report also suggested that Rangers were hoping to land a similar deal with another Accrington star, defensive midfielder Matt Crooks, who has scored seven goals for the League Two side this season.

The former Huddersfield Town youngster, also 21, is out of contract at the end of the season too, and it seems that a double deal is on the cards for Rangers and manager Mark Warburton.

The Scottish Sun report that Crooks has also agreed personal terms with Rangers, meaning pre-contract agreements are in place for both players to arrive at Ibrox over the summer, when Rangers will aim to be planning for the start of the Scottish Premiership season.

Crooks' agreement means Rangers will have tied up four deals this month, with Maciej Gostomski and Harry Forrester arriving on six-month contracts, in addition to these alleged deals for Windass and Crooks.

Accrington will be due compensation for both players as they are under the age of 24, but a loophole means that Rangers would only have to pay a fraction of the cost compared to if an English club had agreed deals to sign the duo - making this a potentially shrewd piece of business from Warburton and Rangers.

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