By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

19th Jan, 2021 | 6:00pm

'He's ready' - Exclusive: Alex McLeish delighted as Rangers close in on 'Great acquisition'

We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…

Alex McLeish has shared his delight as Rangers reportedly close in on the signing of Preston North End midfielder Daniel Johnson.

Football Insider reported on Tuesday that the Bears are working on a pre-contract deal after the Jamaican international rejected a new deal at Deepdale.

McLeish worked with Johnson during his time at Aston Villa and admitted he was excellent to watch when in possession of the ball.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “When I was at (Aston) Villa, he was there and we really encouraged all the kids at Villa, because it was a time of watching the pennies.

“Particularly, we had guys like Johnson coming through. He was really nice to watch on the field, he caresses the ball so well, he’s a left-pegger.

“He is a very decent player indeed, and especially with the experience he has now over the last few years playing top-level football, then he’s ready.

“That’s a great acquisition.”

Rangers almost signed Johnson in the summer, but their £2million offer was deemed far too below the £4million valuation set by the Championship club.

The 28-year-old has started 17 games this season but enjoyed his best goalscoring campaign last year for the Lilywhites.

Johnson managed to score an incredible 12 goals and add a further seven assists in the Championship, proving how much of a danger he could be in midfield at Ibrox.

The Light Blues are working on numerous deals, but with injury worries arising this season, none could be more important than Johnson coming in the summer.

In other Rangers news, McLeish reacts as the Bears look set to miss out on January deal