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Report: Rangers and Celtic make contact over 26-year-old 'destroyer', 'interesting' offer from Hoops

Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers have reportedly been joined by Neil Lennon’s Celtic in the race for Haris Belkebla, with Le Buteur claiming interest in the 26-year-old by both Ibrox and Parkhead.

The Algeria international plays for Ligue 1 side Brest in France and was a crucial player in their battle to consolidate their position in the top flight following promotion the previous season, the Pirates ultimately finishing 14th in the table.

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Belkebla, who was born in France but chose to play for Algeria, has one cap for the North African country, which came in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in November.

Le Buteur claims that Rangers have made contact over the 5ft 10in man, but Brest are reluctant to sell as they see him as essential to their plans for next season.

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However, the outlet also claims that Celtic have made an “interesting” offer which “could well change the minds of the Breton club’s bosses.”

French outfit Lens are believed to be in pursuit of Belkebla too.

TBR View:

Belkebla looks like a great talent, having impressed for a newly-promoted club and helping them safely survive in the French top flight.

In wake of current events, targeting gems from modest clubs is an approach likely to be taken by many clubs in world football.

Though Rangers seemingly identified him as a target – L’Equipe linked the two parties last month – they may now have to contend with their rivals potentially getting in ahead of them.

Admittedly, Brest aren’t in any mood to let him leave – but surely a charm offensive from Ibrox or Parkhead, both in terms of money and of ambition, could succeed in bringing the Algeria international to Glasgow.

Fans’ View:

Some Rangers fans gave their thoughts on links with Belkebla last month.

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