Mark Warburton’s Ibrox side reportedly feel that Hourihane would be a good addition to their squad as they plan for life in the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers’ promotion to the top flight was confirmed two weeks’ ago, and the Mail claim that they have £5 million to spend in the summer.
Hourihane is said to be one of the targets on their wishlist, but his past messages on Twitter may put a move in doubt.
Just got asked to sign rangers shirt @Feeno17 #nothappy— Conor Hourihane (@ConorHourihane) December 20, 2011
Huge Day today!! Celtic V Rangers, #comeonthehoops— Conor Hourihane (@ConorHourihane) December 28, 2011
Barnsley midfielder Hourihane would appear to have an affinity towards Celtic, rather than the Light Blues - which could mean that a switch is unlikely.
The deal is still a long way off anyway, but the Mail suggest that Hourihane is aware of Rangers’ interest.
Hourihane currently has a contract which will keep him at Barnsley until 2017, and it is believed that the League One side will demand a considerable fee for their key midfielder.
Hourihane has made 47 appearances for Barnsley this season, scoring 10 times.