Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is open to sending winger Adam Johnson away on-loan to Scotland.

Rangers are interested in the England U21 international and Southgate told the Daily Record: "We haven't had any contact from Ibrox yet and there are about 12 Championship clubs interested in taking Adam on loan so we're not short of offers.

"He's a great prospect but Stewart Downing's ahead of him for us so we have to see how he gets on in pre-season.

"We need to work out whether to keep him here this season or if he needs a bit more experience. He's very young and still learning his trade.

"The Championship would be good for him but we had Josh Walker at Aberdeen last season and that worked out well."