Scottish giants Rangers are weighing up a January swoop for highly-rated Barnet youngster Matt Stevens.

The 17-year-old is one of the Hive’s hottest prospects after making waves since manager Martin Allen snapped him up following his release by Reading in 2014.

Stevens has been prolific for the Bees U18s and his performances for the youth team have earned him regular spots in the first-team squad this season.

He came off the bench to help Allen’s side record their first win of the New Year on Saturday as Gavin Hoyte’s goal secured three points against Bristol City despite a red card for Andy Yiadom.

Mark Warburton’s Ibrox giants are now understood to be entering the race for his signature, although the Bees are reluctant to sell having already turned down a bid from Swansea last year.

Watch: Matt Stevens bag a first half hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup

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Even Manchester United and Manchester City were reportedly tracking the player last season but neither formalised their interest.

Stevens made his professional debut for Barnet back in August in a League Two clash with Leyton Orient.

In the wake of Saturday's win over Rovers, boss Allen told the BBC: "It was a good win, the players played extremely well. It was very, very difficult with the wind and the rain.

"The players put in a tremendous performance after such a lacklustre, disappointing performance last week.

"It's a good day and it was nice to end the game with the supporters happy. I think they could tell how difficult it was for the team to defend against the wind."

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