Preston boss Alex Neil has urged Rangers or any other clubs interested in his players to make a “proper offer” for them and stop unsettling his charges.
The Scottish manager was speaking amid reported Rangers interest in midfielder Daniel Johnson, for whom some reports suggested the Gers had a struck a deal for during the week.
But as of yet this is not the case and Neil has hinted at Rangers to get serious if they are interested in snapping up the 27-year-old Jamaican 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.
“It’s frustrating for me, I’m trying to get my team ready and focused — so the distractions are not helpful. We have too many situations at the moment which are unanswered.
“We have key players out of contract which means they have eight or nine months left and they’re thinking, ‘Well, where am I going to be?
“’Am I going to get a Bosman in January or move in the summer?’
“Like it or not, when players get to that point, they have doubts in their mind. I’m not sure how the clarity comes but the sooner we get it the better.”
Neil’s comments come after Johnson was dropped for the weekend’s defeat to Swansea City as reports linking the player to Rangers gathered pace.
However, Neil admitted in the pre-match press conference looking towards the tie with Derby in the EFL Cup that the player was “in contention” for a recall.
This is despite some reports claiming that a deal to Rangers was “done”.
The Lancashire Post claim Rangers have had an initial bid for Johnson of less than £2m in structured payments knocked back at Deepdale.
Preston themselves also took to their website to quash the suggestion deals had been concluded and to slam clubs for “attempting to do their bidding through the press and social media”.
Some reports claim a lofty bid of £4m will be enough to secure the midfielder’s services [Daily Record].