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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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