Does signing Gilliead push reportedly transfer-listed Rangers man closer to exit?

Mohamed Diame of Newcastle United beats Alex Gilliead of Bradford City during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on July...

Rangers are reportedly after Alex Gilliead following his release by Newcastle United.

Alex Gilliead of Bradford City in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Bradford City at Sixfields on September 23, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Rangers are reportedly interested in young winger Alex Gilliead who has recently become a free agent following his release by Premier League side Newcastle United - but that could spell the end for a transfer-listed Gers star.

The Evening Chronicle claimed 22-year-old Gilliead decided to reject a contract at Newcastle in order to pursue a different path in his professional career, after failing to make a single appearance for Rafa Benitez's senior side.

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The report claims that Rangers are interested in landing the five-time England Under-20 international, as well as a whole host of Championship and League One clubs from England.

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Gilliead has developed a reputation as being somewhat of a consistent performer in England's third tier, clocking up 58 appearances for Bradford City in all competitions as well as decent loans with Carlisle United and Luton Town.

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But the signing of Gilliead could spark the end of a Rangers outcast, namely Harry Forrester, after The Daily Express reported that the 27-year-old is 'expected' to leave Ibrox after being thrown on the scrapheap.

Harry Forrester of Rangers celebrates after his side score their first goal through Clint Hill of Rangers (not pictured) during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and...

Forrester is slightly different to Gilliead in that he can play in the number 10 role, but has been mostly used out wide at Ibrox since his move north of the border in January 2016.

He was ostracised by Pedro Caixinha in the summer of 2017, and was shipped out on loan to League One side AFC Wimbledon where he scored three goals and laid on eight assists.

But surely signing Gilliead would mean Forrester's already-slim chances of breaking back into the Rangers side would be over, with faith likely to be placed in youth.

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