Alex Neil intends to keep Rangers-linked Louis Moult

Alex Neil, Manager of Preston North End looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield United and Preston North End at Bramall Lane on January 27, 2018 in...

Rangers have been linked with a move for striker Louis Moult.

Alex Neil, Manager of Preston North End looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield United and Preston North End at Bramall Lane on January 27, 2018 in...

Preston North End boss Alex Neil has told the Daily Mail that he intends to keep Louis Moult this summer despite speculation linking him with a move to Rangers.

Moult, 25, enjoyed a fine spell with non-league side Wrexham before heading to Scotland with Motherwell in 2015, and he went on to become a hero at Fir Park.

The striker hit 50 goals in 98 games for Motherwell, becoming a fan favourite with the club, before heading back to England with Preston North End in January.

So far, Moult hasn't impressed with the Lilywhites, and whilst he scored the winning goal in Sunday's 2-1 home victory over Burton Albion, that was just Moult's second goal in 10 league outings for the club.

Preston North End's Louis Moult during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Birmingham City at Deepdale on January 20, 2018 in Preston, England.

With just three league starts to his name for Preston, Moult has been on the periphery at Deepdale, and recent speculation from the Daily Mail has suggested that he could move back to Scotland with Rangers this summer.

It would be a surprise to see Preston offload Moult just month after signing him, and manager Alex Neil has now responded when asked about the possibility of the striker heading to Rangers.

Neil has told the Daily Mail that he has little intention of letting Moult go, and will be working hard to ensure that Preston fans see the best of him next season after a slow start at Deepdale.

“Building into next year, he'll be hoping for a lot more game time and we'll be looking for the best version of Louis Moult for next year,” said Neil when asked about those Rangers rumours.

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