Report: Preston have no intention of selling Joe Garner, amid Rangers interest

Joe Garner celebrates scoring the first goal for Preston North End from the penalty spot

Rangers reportedly won't be bringing striker Joe Garner to Ibrox this summer.

Joe Garner of Preston North EndJoe Garner of Preston North End

According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Preston North End have no intention of selling striker Joe Garner this summer, amid interest from Wigan Athletic and Rangers.

Garner, 28, is a boyhood Preston fan who, after spells with Blackburn Rovers, Carlisle United, Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United and Watford, finally fulfilled his dream of playing for the Lilywhites when he moved to Deepdale in January 2013.

Preston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring the first goalPreston's Joe Garner celebrates scoring the first goal

After a slow start to life at Deepdale with no goals in his first 15 games, Garner exploded into life during the 2013/14 season, smashing 24 goals as Preston made the League One play-offs, and then followed that up with 27 goals during the 2014/15 campaign to become one of the Football League's most feared strikers.

Last season was tougher for Garner, scoring just six goals in the Championship, but he remains a fan favourite at Deepdale thanks to his endeavour and love for the club.

Joe Garner of Preston North End in action with Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough

Despite his struggles last season, there appears to be interest building in Garner's signature. The Lancashire Evening Post report that Rangers and Wigan Athletic are both interested in Garner - but Preston have no interest in selling the striker.

Instead, manager Simon Grayson wants to keep Garner at the club and give him another chance to shine in the Championship this season, with his usual strike partner Jermaine Beckford back from injury.

Joe Garner celebrates scoring the first goal for Preston North End from the penalty spot

That means that Rangers boss Mark Warburton - whose Brentford sides came up against Garner on a couple of occasions - will have to look elsewhere in the transfer market, if he really was keen to lure Garner up to Ibrox this summer.

Warburton has landed Joe Dodoo from Leicester City this summer, but another striker appears to be on his wish list as we head towards the final month of the summer transfer window.

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