Rangers have been linked with interest in £7m-rated OH Leuven striker Thomas Henry, but Celtic are reportedly close to winning the multi-club transfer race.

On Monday evening, Football Insider reported that the Gers, Southampton and Watford were all keen on Henry, who scored 21 goals in the Belgian top-flight last season.

Henry celebrates netting against Sporting Charleroi at the weekend. (Photo by JOHAN EYCKENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

He has also started the current campaign well, netting three times in his first three appearances.

The Football Insider report also claimed that he’s interesting Venezia, Gent and Bordeaux.

However, later on Monday night, the Scottish Sun reported that not only were Celtic also keen on the 26-year-old, they were ‘on the brink’ of winning the race for his signature.

Henry is under contract at OHL until 2023 but it’s asserted that the Belgian club have decided to sell him, with a ‘big-money’ deal in the region of £7m on the cards.

It’s suggested that the arrival of the Frenchman at Parkhead would ‘soften the blow’ of losing Brighton-linked Odsonne Edouard at some point before the end of the window.

Cercle Brugge v OH Leuven: Jupiler Pro League
Rangers have been credited with interest in the striker but Celtic are reportedly close to winning the transfer race. (Photo by Plumb Images/Getty Images)

If Rangers hold onto all their current forwards – Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Fashion Sakala, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe – there’s probably no need to go chasing big-money deals for reinforcements.

However, if Celtic do win the race to sign Henry, he could cause problems for Steven Gerrard’s side down the line.

The 6ft 4″ striker has an impressive 45 goals and 12 assists from 78 OHL appearances and is currently in excellent form.

Celtic’s transfer operations were laughable for many months but now they appear to be pulling their finger out and Rangers perhaps need to be ready for improvements across the city.

The Gers could also soon dip into the European market, as a journalist claims they’ve submitted a bid for a flying winger

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