Could Rangers make a statement by landing Manchester United's Matty Willock?

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the match

Rangers want to sign Manchester United's Matty Willock - just a few days after Celtic missed out on his brother.

A talented young attacker by the name of Willock may be playing his football in Glasgow next season. But not the one we expected.

According to The Mirror, Arsenal’s 20-year-old winger Chris Willock was on Celtic’s radar towards the end of the season as his contract wound down at The Emirates.

The England Under-19 international made his first-team bow against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup last September and, blessed with pace, skill and a blistering strike, was one of the most eye-catching youngsters in Arsenal’s infamous academy.

Arsenal's Chris Willock celebrates scoring their first goalFormer Arsenal starleet Chris Willock

And the prospect of Willock joining forces with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who set fellow wingers Scott Sinclair and Raheem Sterling on their way to stardom, would have had the rest of Scotland quaking in their boots.

In the end, Willock did make a move abroad when his Arsenal deal expired – though his new club is a little further afield than Glasgow. Goal reports that the teenager has signed a five-year deal with Portuguese champions Benfica.

Tale of two brothers

And, just a few days later, Willock’s brother, Matty, has now also been tipped to swap England for Scotland. ESPN reports that Rangers are interested in the Manchester United midfielder, who was left out of Jose Mourinho’s pre-season tour despite making the matchday Premier League squad twice last season.

A dynamic and versatile midfielder, Willock is also more than capable of using his natural physicality in a central role or his pace and directness on the right wing.

Manchester United's Sergio Romero, Matthew Willock, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia during trainingMatty Willock (second left) faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford

He’d also be a fine addition in a Rangers side in need of attacking thrust and speed. Furthermore, with potential by the bucketload, regular football at Ibrox could help Willock realise his potential.

And signing one of Manchester United’s most promising talents would be quite the coup for Rangers.

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