According to TEAMtalk, Rangers and Celtic are both eyeing a potential bargain swoop for Matthew Sorinola, who currently plays for EFL League One club MK Dons.
Sorinola started his youth career at Fulham, before switching to The Dons’ academy and eventually breaking into the first-team in 2019.
Following a brief loan stint at Beaconsfield Town in early 2020, the wing-back made 43 appearances in all competitions under manager Russell Martin – who spent time on loan at Ibrox in 2018 – this season.
TEAMtalk reports that the 20-year-old has rejected a new contract, though, and is set to leave Stadium MK this summer.
It’s also asserted that he would rather leave England than play U23 football for a bigger English club next season.
The report states that Rangers and Celtic are both monitoring Sorinola, with clubs from France, Spain and Belgium already making approaches.
Only a ‘minimal compensation fee’ would be required to snap him up.
The young Englishman is the second EFL wing-back/full-back the Gers have been linked with in recent times after Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence [ESPN].
A move for a left-sided player like Sorinola would perhaps make more sense given the current makeup of the Gers’ squad, while the lack of a substantial transfer fee is attractive.
However, it’s unlikely that he could be offered the sort of playing time he’s looking for, so long as the outstanding Borna Barisic remains at the club.
Barisic and Calvin Bassey are Steven Gerrard’s two existing options at left-back and the recruitment of a third player could negatively impact the prospects of Scotland youth international James Maxwell, who impressed whilst out on loan at Queen of the South this season.