Rangers and Celtic reportedly want defender Jack Tucker.

According to The Scottish Sun, both Rangers and Celtic are interested in snapping up Gillingham defender Jack Tucker this summer.

It’s claimed that Celtic have been consistently watching Tucker since the New Year, whilst Rangers director of football Ross Wilson is thought to be a big fan.

Aston Villa and West Ham United are allegedly keen to offer him a move to the Premier League – if they’re both still in it next season – whilst Brentford failed with a £1million bid in January.

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Gillingham no doubt believe they can get an even bigger fee this summer with more and more clubs entering the race, and the Old Firm duo joining the battle is a boost to any hopes of an auction.

Tucker, 20, has come up through the Gillingham ranks having joined at the age of just seven, and has racked up 32 first-team appearances for the playoff-chasing Gills this season.

Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Tucker is a strong physical presence, but he also has a decent turn of pace to his game, which gives him additional versatility to play at right back if needed.

Rangers and Celtic both looked at Jarrad Branthwaite before he left Carlisle United for Everton, and it now seems they’re scouting England’s lower leagues for another centre back prospect.

Celtic make more sense, as Rangers signed a League Two prospect last summer in George Edmundson, whilst they also have Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Filip Helander.

Adding Tucker to the likes of Kristoffer Ajer, Christopher Jullien and Jozo Simunovic would add to Celtic’s depth, and give Neil Lennon another centre back to work with for years to come – but it promises to be a tough battle for his services.

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