Goal have claimed that Old Firm enemies Celtic and Rangers are going head to head for the signature of West Ham Untied starlet Marcus Browne this summer, after an excellent spell on loan at Oxford United.
Browne, 21, had a hand in 14 goals during the 2018-19 campaign for League One side Oxford. He found the back of the net nine times during his 44 appearances, as well as laying on five assists.
A fleet-footed winger, Browne is renowned for his skill, direct style of play and his aggression. Indeed, Browne clocked up 12 yellow cards for Oxford last season – as well as being sent off on one occasion.
The report claims that Fulham are also interested in taking Browne from east to west London, after Ryan Sessegnon decided against signing a new contract. Browne has just 12 months remaining on his current Hammers contract.
It is believed that Celtic, Rangers and Fulham will have to wait in their attempt to sign Browne, with Manuel Pellegrini keen to cast his eye over the Hammers prodigy during pre-season training before making a decision.
For either side, Browne is an excellent signing. He showed during his spell at Oxford that he would be more than capable of shining in Scottish Premiership football – especially because his fast-paced style would suit the league.
However, there are some concerns. Firstly, his aggression needs to be toned down. The red-hot fire of the Old Firm cauldron can see those get carried away, as Alfredo Morelos learned. If he is to join either side, he must improve that side of his game.
Also, both sides have an abundance of wingers. Celtic have welcomed Marian Shved and Lewis Morgan back from loans, while Rangers have signed Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones. Browne would have major competition.