According to, Rangers and Celtic are leading the chase for Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi, who is currently starring in the Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old striker has been a Liverpool player since 2015 but his failure to gain a work permit has seen him sent on seven loan spells since then.

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Rangers and Celtic are reportedly interested in Liverpool loanee Awoniyi. (Photo by Mathias Renner/City-Press via Getty Images)

He’s represented Frankfurt, NEC, Mouscron (twice), Gent, Mainz and now Union Berlin, and he’s impressing in the German top flight.

Awoniyi has netted five times in 13 league appearances so far this season, including a header in a shock 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund last month.

It’s reported that he’s close to a call-up to the Nigeria senior team, which would aid his bid to secure a work permit, but that Liverpool are still considering selling for around £5m. claims that Rangers and Celtic are currently leading the chase for his signature, although multiple Premier League clubs are also said to be interested.

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Given that Awoniyi’s loan deal at Union Berlin lasts until the end of the season, it’s unlikely that he’ll be making a permanent move anywhere this month.

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Awoniyi is swamped by teammates after netting against Dortmund. (Photo by Annegret Hilse – Pool/Getty Images)

However, it seems a summer transfer is possible and while a £5m fee is substantial, some room could soon open up in the Gers squad.

There’s a chance that the club will finally cash in on Alfredo Morelos this summer, while Jermain Defoe is yet to be offered an extension to his current deal which expires at the end of the campaign.

Awoniyi hasn’t had a chance to settle at one club so far in his career but he’s shown real promise in a top league this season as well as impressing in Belgium with Mouscron in 2019.

Rangers are also said to be interested in a senior international who made a dig at Celtic on social media earlier this week.

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