Rangers are set to lock horns with rivals Celtic as the Glasgow sides battle it out for the signatures of hot prospects Andrew Gutman and Jack Whatmough.

Andrew Gutman spent a week on trial at Ibrox last month, along with fellow American Matt Polster.

Polster has joined the Rangers side in Tenerife but Gutman, 22, travelled home to pick up the Hermann trophy.

Former Indiana Hoosiers left back Gutman won the award for best male player in College Soccer this year. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

This is given to the best player in college soccer every year. According to American Soccer Now, Rangers offered left back Gutman and right back Polster deals in December.

We reported on that when it happened.

But according to The Atheltic, Celtic are set to rival Rangers for Gutman’s signature. That report claims our Glasgow rivals have offered him a deal, and there are also deals on the table from the US.

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The Old Firm rivals are also battling it out for the signature of Portsmouth defender Jack Whatmough, according to The Sun.

 

You can read our report on that here.

The Portsmouth centre back has been a stand out for the League One leaders this season. He’s also available on a pre-contract with his current deal expiring in six months.

The powerful Whatmough has played in 24 games in all competitions for Portsmouth this season, scoring two goals. (Photo By Harry Murphy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Moving for Whatmough is appealing to both sides as it will incur a nominal development cost. Clubs in England may have to fork out more, with the cost of the deal potentially going to tribunal if the two clubs can’t agree a fee.

Whatmough is an England youth international and at only 22, could prove a steal for either club.

Both Andrew Gutman and Jack Whatmough are highly rated at their prospective levels. It’ll be interesting to see if they can take the step up.

But will that be at Ibrox or Celtic Park?

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