Rangers started negotiations with 19-year-old promising centre-back

Rangers are keeping tabs on Everton centre-back Lewis Gibson. Lewis, an Under-17 World Cup winner with the Three Lions, could leave the Premier League club in the summer on a free contract with Gers and Bundesliga sides interested.

Gibson has yet to be offered a new deal amid being rated highly by coaching staff and training with the first-team regularly. Toffees’s indecision could work to Gers’ advantage with the Scottish Premiership league leaders able to open contract negotiations with the centre-back in winter.

Another bonus is that it is understood the footballer is more interested in getting minutes on the pitch than a big-money contract. The 19-year-old defender has vast potential and can achieve big success if he continuous improvement.

Lewis, who was signed for a £1m fee, rising to £6m from Magpies, was involved in Everton’s pre-season and with little depth in the back-line area could be regarded as the fourth choice, but he has yet even to be included among the subs this season.

Gers and Celtic have proven clever at picking up hugely talented youngsters from English clubs for a minimal compensation fee when their deal expires. They can offer a platform to play regularly and gain European experience.