Colin Hendry urges Rangers to bring defender Grant Hanley back to Ibrox

Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for Blackburn

Rangers have been urged to bring Grant Hanley back to the club this summer.

Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for BlackburnGrant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for Blackburn

Former Scotland and Rangers defender Colin Hendry has told The Sunday Post that he would like to see Rangers sign Blackburn ace Grant Hanley this summer.

The Gers have already secured four new faces for their return to the Scottish Premiership next season, with Mark Warburton bringing in Matt Crooks and Josh Windass from Accrington Stanley, Liverpool teenager Jordan Rossiter, and Burnley's Joey Barton.

Blackburn's Grant HanleyBlackburn's Grant Hanley

With four midfielders brought in, it's now time to add some other new faces to the Rangers squad - and fans are certainly keen to see another centre back signed after some defensive struggles in the Scottish Cup final against Hibernian last week.

Reports from The Times earlier this month suggested that Rangers boss Warburton had identified Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley as a major target to try and solidify his backline.

Grant Hanley of Blackburn RoversGrant Hanley of Blackburn Rovers

That deal hasn't yet materialised, but former Rangers, Blackburn and Scotland defender Colin Hendry has urged Warburton to make a move for Hanley this summer.

Speaking to The Sunday Post, Hendry suggested that Hanley should be the defender that Rangers look towards, despite Fulham lining up a £1.5m move for him.

Blackburn Rovers Grant HanleyBlackburn Rovers Grant Hanley

The budget differences to English clubs could be a blow, but Hanley - a Rangers fan - spent two years with the club as a youth player, and would no doubt love a return to Ibrox.

Hendry added that he would urge Hanley to make the move back to Rangers if asked, even though he believes Premier League clubs could also be keen on the giant centre back, who has won 21 caps for Scotland.

"There needs to be more experience in the team and they should be looking at signing a centre-half," said Hendry. "Listen, we all know it comes down to finances and it’s hard to compete with the cash that’s going about down south. But if they have a chunk of their budget set aside for a centre-half, then I would look at Grant Hanley."

"He is 24 and still learning his trade, but he has improved significantly in the past two years and now has more than 200 first-team games under his belt. It’s been rumoured Fulham are willing to pay £1.5 million for him. I know for certain that two or three English Premier League clubs watched him closely and will continue to sniff around."

"But even if Rangers could come up with a package, would the boy want to go and play in Scottish football just now? If he asked for my advice, I’d tell him to join Rangers, for sure," he added.

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