Transfer rumour overdrive but Rangers' targets remain same

As we wake up to transfer day deadline it's only natural that the rumour mill will go into overdrive but Rangers fans should try to avoid the clickbait on offer from a variety of mainstream media and internet sites.

The truth is that Rangers' targets have remained steady through the window and won't change as the frenzy around deadline day gets into full swing.

Here is a roundup of the rumours and a quick summary of the real situation on each. 

Steven Naismith - Is not and never has been a target. This one understandably keeps resurfacing, not least because Naismith himself has pushed it, but it simply is not going to happen. 

Ben Heneghan - The Motherwell defender has shown up well against us and is touted for a move to a bigger club but it won't be Rangers. There is no plan to strengthen the centre-half positions and he is not a target. 

Declan John - Should be officially announced on a year long loan today and will provide good cover on the left hand side of the pitch, predominantly for Lee Wallace in the full back position. Comes with Premier League experience and will avoid Lee Hodson having to cover his less comfortable full back side. 

Lazar Markovic - The Liverpool winger has been linked in the past few days. File under total fantasy. 

Jamie Walker - This is the one piece of business which might go right to the deadline. Hearts have so far stuck to their valuation of £1m but it is not going to met by anyone, least of all Rangers.

Around half of that would be acceptable to Rangers to get the deal done but, if it doesn't happen this time around, the interest will rekindled in the winter window where he should either sign on a pre-contract or a nominal January fee. Anyone taking a cursory interest in his Instagram will know the player's thoughts on the matter...

Louis Moult - No interest and not ever on the radar. 

Gelson Dala - The young Sporting Lisbon forward was another linked in the past few days. Total nonsense. 

So despite all the likely, last minute bullshit you will see on deadline day, the chances are that the only remaining business to be done by Rangers will involve Jamie Walker and that depends totally on Hearts seeing sense.

Don't expect to see a flurry of young, Premier League fringe players arriving at Ibrox on loan either. Mark Allen's contact book will be used to identify targets for the long term and to put in place the scouting system that Rangers have been missing for so long.