Rangers in surprise transfer link to Republic of Ireland striker who has ties with Celtic
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Rangers, Liverpool and Newcastle tailing Celtic kid’s brother - report

Rangers have been linked to versatile Chippenham Town striker Oluwasegun Lawal alongside a host of Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Newcastle United.

According to All Nigeria Soccer, the Gers are keeping tabs on the 19-year-old forward with Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Watford said to be amongst the frontrunners for the player.

The Republic of Ireland striker – who is of Nigerian descent – is said to have put himself on the radar of these top clubs following a string of fine displays for the Chippenham Town Academy.

This has led to the former Drogheda United player being handed his first-team debut against Braintree Town on Saturday.

Lawal is described as “comfortable playing as a central attacking midfielder, winger and striker, and his preferred foot is right and can also play with his left”.

Interestingly, the striker is actually the older brother of Bosun Lawal, who was signed by Celtic on a three-year deal in the summer.

Celtic reportedly beat off competition from the likes of Chelsea and Norwich City to sign the Republic of Ireland youth midfielder [Herald].

What an interesting turn of events it would be to see his brother Oluwasegun rock up at Ibrox from English sixth-tier Chippenham.

Whilst Rangers certainly don’t have as big an Irish contingent at the club than Celtic do, the Gers are becoming a club synonymous with Nigerian internationalists.

Celtic star and ROI youth international Bosun Lawal is the brother of Rangers-linked Oluwasegun Lawal. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Rangers have two Nigerian regulars in the Super Eagles squad with centre-back Leon Balogun and midfielder Joe Aribo once again called up to the nation’s international squad.

But the third Nigerian star in the Ibrox team has since been dropped from Gernot Rohr’s side as the German coach reveals the country’s FA has been in discussion with the Gers.

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