Rangers face a new battle for Ibrox-linked Aaron Hickey.

According to the Daily Record, Rangers will face new competition in their attempts to bring Aaron Hickey to Ibrox, with Queens Park Rangers now wanting the Hearts talent.

Hickey, 17, started out with Hearts before briefly heading to Celtic, only to return to Edinburgh with Hearts once again in 2018, with the Bhoys putting a 30% sell-on clause into his move.

The left back – who can also play at right back or centre back – has emerged as a first-team star at Tynecastle, developing rapidly under Craig Levein.

Earlier this week, The Scottish Sun reported that Rangers’ new director of football Ross Wilson has eyed Hickey up as his first target at Rangers, having targeted him at former club Southampton too.

A £2million fee was mentioned, but Rangers now face a new battle for the teenager, with their former manager Mark Warburton now hoping to lure Hickey to QPR.

It’s believed that QPR scouts will be watching Hickey against Rangers today, and the R’s are weighing up a £1.5million bid to sign the defender in the upcoming January transfer window.

Warburton has already had Hickey watched three times, meaning QPR’s interest seems pretty serious already, and seeing how he gets on against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side will be key.

Gerrard himself has allegedly played down a move for Hickey, but if Rangers are trying to keep a move quiet, they’ll face a battle with their former boss in the race for his signature.

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