Rangers should enter the race for Wigan Athletic star Nick Powell and look to brush aside arch-rivals Celtic in the transfer battle. Brendan Rodgers’ side were put on red alert after the midfielder turned down a new contract offer earlier.

However, Premier League clubs in Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion have emerged as realistic suitors as well and thus, the Scottish giants will not be short of competition.

The 24-year-old came through the ranks at Crewe Alexandra, before signing for Manchester United in 2012. Due to lack of first-team opportunities, he was loaned out to Wigan, Leicester City and Hull City.

In 2016, he was snapped up by the Latics in 2016. He enjoyed his best season in Wigan’s promotion to the second tier this year, scoring 15 goals in 39 League One appearances. Powell was also nominated for the EFL League One Player of the Season award. He is already up and running this campaign, with four goals and three assists in nine league matches. His contract expires at the end of the season, which means he will be available for a cheaper price, should the deal with his present club not go through.

Gifted with impeccable technical abilities, Powell has the knack of creating chances and finding the best of passes from key positions. Often while attacking, his decisiveness and ability to pick out players makes him a force to reckon with. He is also good with set-pieces, including penalties.

As his recent form and statistics suggest, the attacking midfielder has an eye for goal. He gets into fine areas and pockets of space. He also wins a lot of balls higher up the pitch and adds to the defensive structure.

Given the fact that Gerrard likes to play a couple of attacking midfielders, he would be a fine addition to the Gers squad.