Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers are both being linked with a possible move for Jesse Lingard, who is completely out of favour with Premier League club Manchester United.
According to TEAMtalk, the 27-year-old attacker will ask United to exit Old Trafford when the January transfer window opens next month.
It is understood that both Celtic and Rangers are looking into the possibility of trying to sign him, albeit there is already a lot of other potential suitors.
Lingard’s contract at United expires at the end of the season, but the report adds it’s unclear on if United will activate a 12-month option they have to extend his deal.
Lingard, who earns £75,000-a-week (Spotrac), has played just two games across all competitions this season and it would be a major surprise if he managed to turn his career around in Manchester.
The former England international has plenty of pedigree with 24 senior caps for his country and also 209 first-team appearances for United, but his career has taken a downward spiral in the last couple of years.
He is usually used as an attacker in wide positions, but has the versatility to play in offensive midfield positions as well and has a great work-rate.
Lingard desperately needs a change of scenery to try reignite his stuttering career and he’s shown in the past he’s got the ability to perform on the highest level.
But surely he’s too big a risk for either of the Scottish heavyweights, who wouldn’t necessarily have him in their XI even on a big wage.
In particular, Rangers are flying high domestically and in Europe right now with a settled squad, which is why Lingard would surely be too big a gamble to bring him to Ibrox.