Rangers are set to lock horns with Celtic in the pursuit of £1m rated Carlisle United defender and young English talent Jarrad Branthwaite.

According to the Scottish Sun, both Old Firm clubs have begun scouting the highly-rated 17-year-old centre-half.

Despite being so young Branthwaite is a towering 6ft4 and has already broken into the Carlisle United team this season.

Rangers and Celtic are said to be tailing young English defender Jarrad Branthwaite, who has made eight appearances for Carlisle United this season. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

The Sun claims that there are a “number of clubs” monitoring the progress of the youngster and that Rangers and Celtic are two names on that list.

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The report claims that Celtic Director of Football Nicky Hammond made a visit to see the defender play last month and that both sides are considering a January move.

But when you consider the immense amount of strength in depth Rangers have in the position, is this really a feasible one from an Ibrox perspective?

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Connor Goldson, and Filip Helander, both 26, are the clubs current centre back pairing of choice whilst the club is stocked with ample back-up.

Croatian centre half Nikola Katic is considered one of the club’s biggest prospects at 22 and recently signed a new contract [Rangers].

Summer signing George Edmundson, 21, is also highly regarded by the club’s coaching staff.

Rangers have their own teenage defensive talent in 19-year-old Lewis Mayo. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Not to mention Academy prospect Lewis Mayo who is considered not too far from the first-team squad.

Can you really see Rangers adding another defender when they have five perfectly capable ones – with room to develop – currently in the first team?

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