The man who first alluded to Rangers’ interest in 31-goal Peterborough striker Jonson Clarke-Harris claims the Posh won’t stand in his way should he want to exit the club.

Peterborough sporting director Barry Fry is never shy in talking up the club’s players and he namedropped Rangers as Clarke-Harris was firing the club to League One promotion.

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Peterborough sporting director Barry Fry claims the club won’t stand in the way of striker Jonson Clarke-Harris and the exit door amid links to Rangers. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Fry suggested that Rangers were one of a number of clubs who’d come to watch the striker play back in March but played down the suggestion there had been actual discussions.

“Rangers have been to a lot of our matches this season and they were there on Saturday. Sheffield United were also there, but West Brom weren’t,” said Fry [Peterborough Telegraph].

“I didn’t have a conversation about Jonson with any of them though.”

Fry also claimed that the Posh would expect five times the £1m the club reportedly paid for the striker meaning the 26-year-old could cost potential suitors around £5m.

Now, Fry is suggesting that should the powerful forward want to move on from the now Championship club next season, Peterborough won’t stand in his way.

“How can you stand in their way, because it not only affects their life, it affects their families, their parents and grandparents,” said Fry [Football Transfer Tavern].

“It is life-changing and we must do it.

“Obviously, we would like to keep all our players – Dwight Gayle, Britt Assombalonga, Ivan Toney, Jack Marriott – what a team we would have had. We would have had 10 centre-forwards and no defenders!”

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Jonson Clarke-Harris netted 31 goals in League One this season and helped fire Peterborough to the English Championship. (Photo by James Holyoak/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, whilst London Road side may be preparing for the worst regarding their top asset heading into next season, the player himself isn’t exactly making sounds he wants to leave.

Jonson Clarke-Harris is clear that he “respects” his contract in Cambridgeshire and is “happy” at the club, putting the decision in the owner’s hands.

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