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Fulham eye £2million Kiernan bid

- MICHAEL GANNON

RANGERS defender Rob Kiernan is a target for Fulham with the Championsh­ip hopefuls lining up a £2million January raid.

The centre-back is on Craven Cottage boss Slavisa Jokanovic’s transfer window wish-list after impressing with the Gers in the first half of the Premiershi­p season.

Former Wigan man Kiernan has been a mainstay of boss Mark Warburton’s backline and the gaffer is determined to keep hold of the 25-year-old he helped bring through as a youth player at Watford.

The defender has 18 months

From Back Page remaining on his contract and Rangers won’t let him go on the cheap.

But Fulham would have no problems stumping up £2m for his services and it could prove too lucrative for Gers to turn down.

Kiernan is set to face St Johnstone tonight and Gers boss Warburton insists his side will not be taking their eye off the ball ahead of the Celtic clash on Hogmanay.

The Ibrox gaffer wants to make it five wins on the spin going in to the Old Firm showdown but he admitted Tommy Wright’s Saints will be a stern challenge in Perth.

Warburton said: “We can’t think about the weekend. There’s no point going in to that one having lost to St Johnstone.

“I understand the local rivalry. I am not understati­ng that. But the fact is our focus has got to be on St Johnstone.

“If we can go there and make it five wins out of out five, 15 points out of 15, on 41 points we will be in good shape in terms of belief and confidence.”

Warburton’s side were sunk by Saints in the League Cup last season and held to a 1-1 draw at Ibrox back in October.

The Gers boss said: “It’s a tough test. There is no doubt St Johnstone are one of the top sides in the country. I’ve got a lot of respect for Tommy.

“Their side is resilient, very well organised and have great physicalit­y.

“I’d say their home form is deceptive. They haven’t had the results they deserved at home.

“Tommy’s done a superb job. They are tough to beat.”

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