Rangers should rival Celtic for reported target Tyrese Campbell
Celtic are preparing a swoop on Championship outfit Stoke City for highly-rated striker Tyrese Campbell – but do Rangers need him more?
The Hoops’ Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond is looking at several attacking options, with Campbell on his radar (Daily Record).
If the 19-year-old would be willing to consider moving to Scotland, he could prove perfect for Rangers.
Campbell would only cost £350,000 in cross-border compensation. He moved to Stoke from Manchester City’s academy for £1.75 million three years ago (Daily Record).
Rangers currently have Alfredo Morelos banging the goals in, with Jermaine Defoe in reserve.
It’s fair to say, however, that Morelos will eventually leave for a top European league, whilst Defoe will retire at some point in the future.
Those two departures would leave Rangers with a void to fill. Campbell would be an ideal replacement for ex-England man Defoe and his signing would be an attractive one.
Campbell has fallen out of the first-team reckoning at Stoke. He netted one goal in 13 games under Nathan Jones but hasn’t played a single minute under Michael O’Neill.
That could mean he is out of favour and Rangers should pounce on the Celtic-target and tie down a highly promising youngster.
Campbell is quick, holds the ball up well and is capable of scoring goals.
Steven Gerrard has a record of working with youngsters and he could be just the man to get the very best out of Campbell.
Defoe has been an elite striker for years in the Premier League. If Rangers could land Campbell now, he could still benefit from having the veteran as a mentor during his formative years.