The father of Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell has been opening up on just how close his son came to joining Rangers before signing a new deal at the Britannia.
Ex-Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell is the father of Tyrese, 20, and was speaking after Rangers were heavily linked with the player earlier in the year.
A product of Man City’s youth Academy, Stoke paid £1.75m for the striker via an English tribunal in 2017 but the Gers were lining up a cut-price deal with his contract expiring in May this year.
The Ibrox club were also said to be out in front of Old Firm rivals Celtic for the striker [Daily Record] but Campbell would eventually sign a four-and-half year deal with the Potters in January.
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Now, dad Kevin has been opening up about the entire situation in an interview with Football Insider and reveals just how close his son came to signing for the Gers.
“I know that there were talks with Rangers because he could talk to them,” said Campbell.
“I believe that he spoke to Rangers but he felt that at this time in his career and his development the best place was Stoke.
“That was because of Michael O’Neill. It was not the right time for him.
“Rangers are a huge club and he has earned that interest. You do not get linked with those sort of clubs if you cannot do it.
“It was flattering, of course it was but it was the realisation of the level he was at. When you are at that level you need to be consistent because everyone is watching you.
“People are always watching him and that is what I told him. He is only 20 and a left-footer.
“Those lefty strikers, who know where the goal is and has a bit of ability about them are watched by many because they are rare.”