Report: Rangers-linked 23-year-old offered contract by English Championship side

Plymouth Argyle's Curtis Nelson celebrates after the game

Reports claim Mark Warburton wants Curtis Nelson at Ibrox, but the Plymouth Argyle defender could be Barnsley bound instead.

Plymouth Argyle's Curtis Nelson celebrates after the gameNelson is Argyle's captain

Reported Rangers target Curtis Nelson has been offered a contract by English Championship side Barnsley, according to the Plymouth Herald.

The Express reported as recently as Monday that Nelson was a target for the Ibrox side, despite their alleged interest in Adrian Mariappa.

However, Barnsley appear to have moved first for the 23-year-old Plymouth Argyle defender ahead of their Championship return next term.

Curtis Nelson - Plymouth Argyle

Nelson, who captained the Pilgrims to the final of the League Two play-offs last season, is out of contract at Home Park but has been offered a new deal.

The chance to move up two divisions will be hard for Nelson to ignore, however, while a move to Oakwell would see him reunite with former Argyle midfielder Connor Hourihane.

Barnsley's Conor Hourihane celebrates with the trophy  after winning the Sky Bet Football League One Play-Off FinalBarnsley's Hourihane is another former Argyle skipper

Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the former Stoke City trainee has played nearly 250 games for the Pilgrims since 2010.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton admitted via the club website on Wednesday that he is keen to add another centre-back to his ranks, following Clint Hill's capture last week.

Mariappa, a former colleague of Warburton at Watford, was reported by the Daily Record to have held talks with the Scottish giants following his release by Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa looks dejected after losing the FA CupMariappa and Warburton go way back

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