Former Rangers and Preston striker makes prediction about Ibrox target Joe Garner

Joe Garner of Preston North End

Glasgow Rangers target Joe Garner is like Steven Naismith, says former Gers and Preston North End striker Andy Little.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophyRangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship

Former Rangers and Preston North End striker Andy Little has told The Glasgow Evening Times that Joe Garner would be a success in the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers are claimed to be interested in signing Garner from Preston before the end of the summer transfer window.

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Sport at the weekend that the Scottish Premiership giants are “sniffing around” for the 28-year-old.

Grayson added that the Championship club are not looking to sell the former Nottingham Forest striker in the summer transfer window.

Joe Garner of Preston North EndJoe Garner of Preston North End

Little, who has played for both Rangers and Preston in his career, believes that Garner would be a success at Ibrox if he made the switch to the Gers before the end of the summer transfer window.

The 27-year-old striker has also compared the former England Under-19 to Scotland international attacker Steven Naismith.

Naismith, now at Championship club Norwich City, played for Rangers between 2007 and 2012 before joining Premier League outfit Everton.

Norwich's Steven Naismith in action with Watford's Ikechi AnyaNorwich's Steven Naismith in action with Ikechi Anya

“Garner is a great player and he would do very well in Scotland,” Little told The Glasgow Evening Times. “He is a bit of a Stevie Naismith type.

“There is not much to him but he gets stuck in and he battles for everything and he’s got a bit of magic in him as well.

“He has scored a lot of goals since moving to Preston and I’m sure he would do the same in the Premiership in Scotland.”

Garner has been on the books of Preston since 2013 and has scored 57 goals for the club.

However, during the 2015-16 campaign, the striker was able to score just six goals and created only 39 chances in 40 Championship matches for the Lilywhites.

Preston's Joe Garner scores their first goal from a penaltyPreston's Joe Garner scores

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