Jamaican midfielder Daniel Johnson scored a late penalty winner for Preston as he came off the bench amid links to Rangers.
The North End talisman was recalled to Alex Neil’s side after being dropped from their opening day defeat to Swansea City in the English Championship.
The midfielder came on for the final 15 minutes and helped transform Preston’s chances after Derby were reduced to 10 men.
Preston equalised through a stunning Tom Barkhuizen strike after Jason Knight had given Derby the lead early in the second half.
However four minutes later Mike de Wierik saw the Rams reduced to 10 men and Preston’s pressure eventually told with a equaliser in the 79th minute and eventually won a penalty in injury time.
Johnson is renowned for his ability from the spot and the midfielder hit the back of the net to secure the Lilywhites a place in the next round of the EFL Cup, where they will play either Portsmouth or Brighton.
Johnson’s goalscoring return for Preston comes after Alex Neil left the door open for the player to move to Ibrox this summer if Rangers can make a “proper offer” for the midfielder.
“We have teams showing an interest in our players, which unsettles things,” said Neil [Scottish Sun].
“People think players are just robots who can just continue on.
“The sooner we get clarity, so we know where we are and what we’re trying to do, the easier it makes it for everyone.
“At the moment there are so many unanswered questions, it can become unsettling for players and others. We need to understand if lads are signing on, then let’s get it done.
“But if other clubs are coming in to try to take them away, then come in and make a proper offer then see where we are.”
With a year left to run on his current deal, Johnson, 27, is said to be available for £4m [Daily Record].