It was reported by The Scottish Sun back in January that Rangers and Celtic were battling over Nick Powell with Premier League and Bundesliga sides also interested in the attacking midfielder.
Ultimately, Powell would decide to join Stoke City in the summer when his contract did expire. But it appears that he could soon be on the move once again in the near future.
The Telegraph has named Powell as one of the Potters players who may be made available in January. It is a move that has, unfortunately, not worked out for the 25-year-old.
But, despite his struggles, his potential availability should certainly alert both Rangers and Celtic as they consider their plans for the January transfer window.
Before his move to Stoke, Powell was among the more impressive players in the Championship. He scored 29 goals across his final three seasons at Wigan – including 15 in one League One campaign.
His ability to play anywhere in attack should appeal to Rangers and Celtic.
Steven Gerrard’s men tend to play with a front three. Powell could play up front to provide support for Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe. But he is also capable of playing in one of the wider roles, and could be perfect for those positions if Gerrard is looking for his front three to make more of an impact centrally.
Meanwhile, Celtic certainly appear to need greater depth up front. The Hoops’ biggest concern heading into January has to be how they are going to cope if they lose Odsonne Edouard to injury.
Powell’s ability to lead the line could make him a brilliant signing. But he could also take some of the pressure off of the likes of Ryan Christie and James Forrest, who have provided plenty of goals this season.
No-brainer for Old Firm?
It is arguably a no-brainer for Rangers and Celtic if Stoke are willing to loan Powell out.
But even if a loan is out of the question, they should still ask about the forward next month. It is perhaps a gamble given his poor spell at Stoke. But he has shown in the past that he can be a game-changer.
And with the title race looking to have the potential to go down to the wire, one inspired roll of the dice in January could make a massive difference.