Southampton are tracking exciting Rangers talent Kyle McClelland, according to the Scottish Sun.

The 19-year-old defender, who was an unused substitute for several UEFA Youth League and Challenge Cup matches last season, is currently out on loan at Falkirk.

Southampton are reportedly chasing Rangers and Northern Ireland talent Kyle McClelland (Photo by Cees van Hoogdalem/Soccrates/Getty Images)

He joined the Bairns on a short-term deal last month for his first stint away from Ibrox.

Since then, he’s made a pair of Scottish Cup appearances, recently holding his own at centre-back against a near full-strength Celtic side at Parkhead.

McClelland is set to return to Ibrox in the summer but the Scottish Sun suggests Rangers may have a fight on their hands to hold onto the Northern Ireland youth international.

It’s reported that the Saints have their eye on the teenager and plan to continue to track him over the remaining games of the season.

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McClelland signed a new deal last year ensuring he is contracted to Rangers until the summer of 2022.

Southampton have a prestigious Academy system, though, so it’s a compliment to the youngster that they have their eye on him.

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Ross Wilson’s old club are reportedly circling. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

It will be interesting to see how Rangers react should the Premier League side look to swoop in a few months time.

McClelland is highly rated at Auchenhowie but the first-team squad is very well stocked in terms of centre-backs, while the likes of Lewis Mayo and Leon King are also promising young defenders who may well be ahead of him in the pecking order.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers fan favourite is closing in on a rapid Premiership return.

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