Rangers and Celtic set to lock horns in pursuit of Championship youth attacker – report
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Rangers and Celtic lock horns for first time this summer amid player links

Rangers and Celtic are both interested in signing Cardiff City winger Japhet Matondo, according to a report.

Football Scotland are claiming that both sides of the Old Firm are interested in the 16-year-old attacker as they look to strengthen their B teams and youth prospects.

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Alongside Rangers and Celtic, Premier League Leeds United are also said to be interested and the player has a big decision to make regarding his future.

A regular for the Cardiff City U23 side, the youngster is said to be available for around £130k courtesy of much-publicised cross-border compensation fees.

Japhet Matondo is a young Welsh attacker who can play across the front and any Rangers move would follow on from a series of B team signings from down south.

The likes of Tony Weston (Blackpool) and Charlie McCann (Man Utd) have impressed with the Rangers B team and have broken through into the first team this season.

Rangers and Celtic both linked to Japhet Matondo

As far as we’re aware, it’s the first time both Rangers and Celtic have been linked to a single player this summer and we expect to see a lot more of it in the weeks to come.

Both clubs will have their own transfer strategies and will have identified which areas of the squad they need to improve but very often over the years targets have overlapped.

The most high-profile of which in recent years is Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo, who opted to move to Ibrox amid reported interest from Celtic Park [Scottish Sun].

Interestingly, Japhet Matondo is the younger brother of Welsh international winger Rabbi Matondo, who currently turns out in Belgium for Cercle Brugge, on loan from Schalke 04.

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Both players grew up in Wales with parents from the Democratic Republic of Congo and have declared for the Welsh national sides.

Rangers continue to be linked to a host of names as the summer transfer window prepares to open with plenty of business expected over the next few months.

Another Championship youngster has also been linked to the club with Rangers reportedly hoping to take advantage of transfer rules to pip teams from the Premier League.

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