Scottish Premiership rivals St Johnstone are leading the race to sign attacker Greg Stewart following his release from Rangers this summer.

Stewart, 31, was released by the Gers after two years in Glasgow where the talented forward player played a bit-part role in Steven Gerrard’s squad.

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Greg Stewart played a bit part role for Rangers under Steven Gerrard and the club could see him back at Ibrox with St Johnstone next season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Signed from Birmingham City after two loan spells with Kilmarnock and Aberdeen in the 18/19 seasons, Stewart would be a handy option for Callum Davidson’s cup double winning side.

According to the Courier, Davidson is interested in bolstering his frontline with a move for Stewart after the departure of two key players from McDiarmid Park this summer.

One of those – Glenn Middleton – spent the second half of the campaign on loan in Perth and impressed for Callum Davidson’s side as they secured both the League and Scottish Cups.

However, despite Davidson making sounds that he’d like a return for Glenn, the 21-year-old left-winger remains a Rangers player.

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It is not clear if a move for Stewart would impact any potential return for the ex-Norwich City kid but time is of the essence for Saints with a Europa League qualifier around the corner.

The Saints are set for a glamour tie with either PSV or Galatasaray in the third round of qualifying, with the Turks currently losing 5-1 on aggregate.

The other attacking option who left St Johnstone this summer is Guy Melamed, with highly-rated Finnish striker Eetu Vertainen also a target [the Herald].

Rangers signed ex-Dundee man Stewart on a free contract after a successful season on loan at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rangers fans may remember Vertainen from a HJK Helsinki friendly against the Gers in January 2019, which Steven Gerrard’s side won 3-2.

Greg Stewart played 33 times in total for boyhood club Rangers, scoring three goals and laying on seven assists.

Rangers have already moved to replace Stewart with the club’s shrewd business in the transfer market bolstering the squad ahead of a season of great promise.

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