Report: Rangers target £3m-rated Blackburn Rovers defender

Grant Hanley is a target for Gers boss Mark Warburton, a report claims.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has identified Grant Hanley as the man to stiffen his side's defence ahead of their Premiership return, according to a report in Thursday's Times.

It is claimed that Hanley, who has a contract with Blackburn Rovers until 2018, could command a £3 million transfer fee.

The 24-year-old played for Rangers as a youth, but left to link up with the Lancastrian side in 2008.

The Light Blues would be left with Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson as their only senior centre-backs if Dominic Ball fails to return following his loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur.

And Hanley, who captains Rovers and has almost 200 appearances to his name in England's top two tiers, would be a quality addition on paper.

A return to Ibrox is likely to appeal to the versatile Scotland international, with Blackburn enduring disappointing campaign which is certain to end in a bottom-half finish.

To make matters worse, the Ewood Park outfit were rocked last week by the news that manager Paul Lambert will quit his post this summer after six months in charge.

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