Potential Scotland star contract talks could resume amid links to Rangers - report
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Celtic link has Rangers trailing in transfer listed Championship forward chase

Celtic have the upper hand on Rangers in the chase for Peterborough’s Championship forward Siriki Dembele – because the attacker’s young brother plays for the Parkhead club.

The 24-year-old winger – who scored 12 goals for the Posh last season as they earned promotion to the Championship – has a year left on his current deal.

Peterborough star Siriki Dembele is reportedly being tailed by clubs such as Rangers and Celtic after helping the Posh to the Championship. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

As a result, and as per club policy, the versatile forward player has been placed on the transfer list at London Road.


Rangers are one of the clubs who’ve been extensively linked to the player this summer with Old Firm rivals Celtic and the likes of Fulham also mentioned.

But as talks over a new deal stall – and Peterborough director of football Barry Fry makes it clear the club won’t sell on the cheap – Scotland has emerged as the player’s preferred destination.

Indeed, Siriki has even been mooted for a potential Scotland call-up with scouts from the national team watching the player.

According to the Peterborough Telegraph, this is because the player spent part of his childhood in Scotland has a young family north of the border.

Amongst those is Celtic forward Karamoko Dembele, who has been involved in pre-season at Parkhead and is entering the final year of his deal at the club.

The same report suggests this could be a sizeable factor in Siriki determining where he plays his football next season, if both Old Firm clubs choose to get involved.

Celtic kid Karamoko Dembele is Siriki’s younger brother. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Not that Peterborough have given up hope of retaining the player.

As Fry explains, should Dembele still be at Peterborough when the window closes then negotiations may well resume.

“I have spoken to Siriki and told him if he is still here when the transfer window closes we are prepared to talk about a new contract again,” Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph.

“Siriki is open to that idea so we will have to wait and see what happens. We want him to stay. He’s an exciting talent who we expect to thrive in the Championship.”

But could it be the wily old Peterborough director’s comments alone which have Rangers linked to Dembele rather than substantial interest?

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