Simon Grayson confirms Joe Garner will undergo Rangers medical, Ibrox switch close despite minor hitch

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson

Joe Garner is expected to have a medical with Rangers in the next 24 hours.

Preston North End manager Simon GraysonPreston North End manager Simon Grayson

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has confirmed to BBC Radio Lancashire that striker Joe Garner will undergo a medical with Rangers in the next 24 hours.

The Lilywhites lost yet again on Tuesday night as Derby County claimed a late 1-0 win at Deepdale, leaving Grayson without a point so far this season.

It's just one league goal in three games for Preston, and yet they are set to sell their top striker, with Joe Garner on the verge of a move to Rangers.

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

The 28-year-old may have only scored six goals last season, but with 51 goals in the previous two seasons for his boyhood club, the lifelong Preston supporter has become a fan favourite and cult hero at Deepdale.

Now though, Garner appears to have been tempted away from North End, as STV report that a fee of £1.5m - half to be paid now, half to be paid in 2017 - has been agreed between the two clubs.

Joe Garner of Preston North EndJoe Garner of Preston North End

Gers boss Mark Warburton has been looking for a centre forward all summer, and he appears to have landed his man in a big-money deal for Garner.

Preston boss Grayson was asked about the situation following his side's 1-0 defeat to Derby on Tuesday night, and told BBC Radio Lancashire that he expects a medical to be completed inside the next 24 hours, pushing Garner's move to Ibrox one step closer.

Grayson did add that a deal hasn't been done yet because of an undisclosed hitch, but remains 'pretty sure' that the move will be completed - and claims that Garner wanted to pursue a move to Rangers despite his love for Preston.

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson.Preston North End manager Simon Grayson

"I expect him to have a medical in the next 24 hours or so," said Grayson. "Personal terms are still being discussed I think. I've said all along that we didn't have to sell him or want to but when the bid came in it's only fair to ask any player if he wants the opportunity to move."

"Joe stressed all along that he wanted to pursue the option of going to Rangers. It's disappointing but it's Joe's decision. There's one reason why it's not happening, and that's not for anybody to know, but it will get done, I'm pretty sure," he added.

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