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Report: Celtic and Rangers have expressed interest in midfielder Tom Ince

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Report: Celtic and Rangers have expressed interest in midfielder Tom Ince

Celtic and Rangers have reportedly both expressed an interest in signing Tom Ince from Stoke City.

According to TEAMtalk, the Old Firm giants are both in the picture to potentially sign the 28-year-old, although there is competition in the form of West Bromwich Albion.

Ince is yet to get any minutes for Stoke so far in 2020/21 and apparently Potters manager Michael O’Neill has told the player he can leave on loan.

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Tommy Smith and new signing Jacob Brown are both ahead of Ince in the pecking order at the moment and it seems his immediate future lies elsewhere.

 

Ince has made a total of 81 appearances for Stoke signing joining the club for a reported £10 million (rising to £12 million with add-ons, BBC Sport) in the summer of 2018.

The attacking midfielder has scored nine goals and contributed 11 assists, a return that would suggest why Stoke would be willing to permit him a temporary move.

TBR’s View – A risk worth taking for Rangers?

Ince’s time at Stoke has been fairly disappointing, and it seems like he needs a fresh environment to rediscover his form.

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The player is very capable on his day – at Derby County he scored 38 goals and made 17 assists in 115 appearances, and during his time at Blackpool in his younger days, he bagged 33 and made 30 assists in 113 games.

He certainly has an eye for making things happen in the final third, and is versatile enough to be able to play on either wing as well as a number 10.

It would be a slight risk for Steven Gerrard given the player’s form at Stoke and Huddersfield Town but perhaps one worth taking given his desire to sign a midfield player capable of chipping in with goals.

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