Rangers are pursuing a deal for Preston North End playmaker Daniel Johnson – and one of his former teammates has hailed him.

The Gers made their move for Johnson over the weekend, and the Daily Record claim that a deal is now close.

The midfielder actually players for Preston tonight though having been left out of the side to face Swansea City on Saturday – and scored a penalty to help beat Derby County 2-1 in the Carabao Cup.

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Preston may well hope to keep hold of Johnson despite Rangers’ interest, though they will know how hard that will be.

Johnson is out of contract at the end of the season, and he could well sign a pre-contract agreement with Rangers come January.

The Jamaican was Preston’s top goalscorer last season with 12 goals, whilst he also chipped in with eight goals having played as a number 10.

Now, ex-Hibernian winger Daryl Horgan – who played with Johnson at Preston – has now offered his view on the man who could end up at Ibrox.

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Horgan has told The Scottish Sun that Johnson is a ‘phenomenal’ player, believing that he can be a game-changer in possession of the ball and would be even better for teams who dominate the ball – like Rangers.

“Daniel is a phenomenal player who would walk into most teams,” said Horgan. “He is very strong and excellent on the ball. He also creates and scores goals. There is not much he can’t do, to be quite honest. If you are a team who are going to have a lot of the ball then he would be a huge addition. He can do the other side of the game as well but as a creative force he is superb.”

“You just give him the ball and he will make all the difference. He is definitely a game-changer. He’s been terrific for Preston for a few years now but he’ll be even better in a team that has more possession. He’d be a huge asset and is the type of guy who just always finds that killer pass,” he added.

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