Rangers should consider move for Scott Wootton with Leeds defender set to leave Elland Road this summer

A contract issue appears to mean that the 24-year-old will leave the Championship side in the coming weeks.

While Rangers will be preparing for their upcoming Scottish Cup final, the length of time between their last league game and the Hampden Park clash will surely mean that Mark Warburton will already have one eye on pinpointing transfer targets ahead of their first season back in the Scottish Premiership.

While the Gers have been hugely impressive this season, and their victories over three top flight sides in the Scottish Cup should give them confidence that they will be capable of playing at the highest level, it appears that their greatest challenge will be coping with coming up against better sides every single week.

With just three centre-backs in the current squad - one of whom, Dominic Ball, is only on loan at Ibrox until the end of the season - Warburton may well feel that bolstering his defensive options is a priority before he looks to provide further support in midfield or up front.

Luckily for the former Brentford boss, a good option has just come onto the market in bizarre circumstances.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Scott Wootton will leave Leeds United in the summer after a contract extension that he signed last year and thought was done and dusted was never finalised by the club, meaning that his days at Elland Road are numbered.

While the 24-year-old has been disappointing at times for the Whites this year, he would certainly be a worthwhile acquisition, especially if he is available on a free transfer.

Wootton is capable of playing right across the back four, which should appeal to Warburton given that he also currently lacks depth at full-back. 

And having come through the youth ranks at Manchester United and then subsequently playing for Leeds, he will have a good idea of the pressure and expectation that exists at Ibrox, so may not need much time at all to adapt to playing for a club of that stature.

And with Warburton taking several players last summer who previously struggled to make a huge impact in the Football League and then using them to create the core of his promotion-winning side, it is arguably a no-brainer to make a move for a player that provides the depth that the club crave and could be signed without his arrival taking a considerably slice out of the transfer budget. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch