Experienced Prem defender set for Rangers switch – report

Date published: Monday 6th June 2016 5:02 - Zach Holland

Steven Taylor: Defender released by Newcastle

Steven Taylor is expected to hold talks with Rangers in a move which would bring the experienced defender to Ibrox.

According to reports made by Aberdeen Press and Journal, the 30 year-old is supposed to be in Glasgow on Monday to finalise a move with the recently-promoted Scottish club.

The defender signed for Newcastle back in 2003 and since then has made 215 appearances for the club along with scoring 13 goals in the process. The centre-back had also represented England from Under-16 level all the way up to Under-21 as well.

Taylor’s 13-year association with Newcastle came to an close a the end of last season as he was released from Newcastle after an injury plagued campaign which saw him only make ten appearances all season.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is said to have told the defender he was free to leave the club after the Magpies failed in their bid to stay in the English top flight at the end of this season.

As Rangers prepare for their return to the Scottish Premiership for the first time since the clubs liquidation back in 2012, manager Mark Warburton will be looking to strengthen his defence and provide competition for first choice centre-backs Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson.

However, the Glasgow club may face competition for Taylor’s signature as he is considering offers from Turkey, with Hull City and Brighton also reportedly registering an interest.

Rangers have already made significant improvements to their squad by bringing in Taylor’s former team-mate Joey Barton, while also adding the likes of Jordan Rossiter and Accrington Stanley pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks to the squad.

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