RANGERS have been linked with a move for Danish defender Jens Jonsson as boss Mark Warburton bids to bolster his Ibrox ranks ahead of the new campaign.

The Light Blues are closing in on a deal to sign centre-back Rob Kiernan from Wigan Athletic, and are also in talks to bring Danny Wilson back to the club following his exit from Hearts at the end of last season.

And now Jonsson has emerged as another potential arrival at Ibrox as Warburton and assistant manager David Weir look to add quality to a depleted Gers squad.

The 22-year-old featured for Denmark in their European Under-21 Championship defeat by Germany in the Czech Republic on Saturday night as Jess Thorup’s side lost 3-0 to the tournament favourites.

Warburton has spent the last few days at the finals as he works towards gaining his Uefa Pro Licence and has now returned to Glasgow to step up his recruitment drive that will see him overhaul the squad he inherited when he was named as manager last week.

Jonsson has a year left on his Aarhus contract and has told the club, who were promoted to the Danish Superliga last season, that he will not sign an extension as he seeks a move away this summer.

SportTimes understands the defender, who can also play in midfield, could be available for as little as £200,000 if Rangers were to make a move and offer Jonsson a chance to progress his career away from NGRi Park.

A dominant and strong centre-half, Jonsson is seen as one of the bargain buys in the Danish Under-21s squad and has become a key player for Aarhus, who are managed by former Celtic midfielder Morten Wieghorst.

Hearts and Bristol City have also been credited with an interest in Jonsson and it is understood that a handful of clubs from across Europe had representatives in Prague to run the rule over the Dane.

Warburton has just over a month to bolster his squad ahead of Rangers’ first game of the campaign in the Petrofac Training Cup and is close to completing a deal to bring Kiernan to Ibrox to kick-start the rebuilding job.

A move for Wilson is also still a possibility as Warburton attempts to strengthen a depleted defensive unit following a raft of summer departures that leaves Darren McGregor, Maris Zaliukas and Lee Wallace as the only experienced stoppers on the books.

The Gers boss has also been linked with midfielder John Eustace, who is available on a free transfer following his exit from Championship side Derby County at the end of season.

Rangers have yet to announce any friendly fixtures this summer as the countdown continues to the start of their league campaign on Saturday, August 8.