Preston North End have opened contract talks with goalkeeper Declan Rudd amid interest from Scottish Premier League side Rangers according to Football Insider.

The SPL giants are weighing up a move for the 28-year-old following a string of impressive performances for Preston who have been this season’s surprise package in the Championship.

Preston are keen to keep hold of their star goalkeeper and it is believed that negotiations are underway in regards to discussing a new deal, with his current contract expiring next summer.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are plotting a move for Rudd either on a pre-contract agreement in January or on a free in the summer but Preston are wary of allowing his contract to run down with the potential of losing the keeper on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Rangers’ current number one between the sticks, Allan McGregor turns 38 in January and back-up keeper Wes Foderingham is out of contract at the end of the season so Gerrard is assessing his options.

Rudd is emerging as one of the best goalkeepers outside the top flight and has been instrumental this season as Preston have launched themselves to second in the Championship table.

The former Norwich goalkeeper has kept four clean sheets and conceded only 16 goals in 15 Championship games to boost Preston’s unlikely promotion bid.

Alex Neil’s side have been in fine form in recent weeks and will be desperately hoping they can tie up a new contract for Rudd in order to ward off potential suitors from circling for his signature.