By Mike Slater

28th Jun, 2022 | 7:00am

Rangers table new bid to sign Motherwell sensation Bailey Rice, Celtic well in race

Rangers have tabled an official bid to sign Motherwell “prodigy” Bailey Rice, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper has reported in their print edition [28 June, pg. 44] that the Bears are locked in talks with the Steelmen as they look to bring in the defensive sensation.

Celtic have also tabled an official bid, with serious competition coming from the English Premier League as Motherwell look to secure a deal with future add-ons involved if the were to leave.

Rice is seen as one of the best young players in Scotland, and it would be a real shame to lose another to English clubs – something which has happened far too often.

It has recently happened with Rangers and Rory Wilson moving to Aston Villa, and something must be done about that sooner rather than later.

If Motherwell can negotiate a fee with add-ons involved, it would prevent the likes of the Bears from just paying compensation – which is due as Rice is yet to sign professional terms at Fir Park.

Get it done.

We complain about others taking advantage of our academy, but that is exactly what you have to do sometimes when deals such as these potentially pop up.

If Rangers move quickly ahead of English clubs and Celtic, they could pick up one of Scotland’s brightest young talents for next to nothing, with future add-ons likely not effective for many, many years.

Ross Wilson is brilliant at these types of deals and has already picked up Lancelot Pollard from Aberdeen, another bright young talent who was also wanted by the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.

This is certainly one to watch, and Rice would surely favour a move to Ibrox over the rest given the emergence of players such as Nathan Patterson, Leon King and Calvin Bassey in recent years.

There is a genuine pathway at Auchenhowie, we can’t quite say the same for Premier League clubs and especially not for Celtic, who like to throw money at their problems.

In other Rangers news, scouts at Ibrox are said to have watched this ‘immense’ powerhouse numerous times ahead of a potential major transfer