Rangers reportedly join Celtic in race for Stoke City striker Campbell
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Rangers reportedly join Celtic in race for Stoke City striker Campbell

According to the Independent, Rangers have reportedly joined Celtic and Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and Wolves in the race to sign Stoke City striker, Tyrese Campbell.

The report claims that Stoke are ‘hopeful’ that guarantees regarding playing time will ensure Campbell stays put, but the player’s contract is set to expire in the summer, meaning he has control over his future.

Rangers and Celtic are both reportedly interested in Tyrese Cambell, who has been with Stoke City since 2016. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The 6ft striker has England youth international experience with the U20s, scoring on both his appearances to date, while he’s netted three goals in his last four appearances for the Potters.

He’s the son of former Premier League striker, Kevin Campbell, and interestingly, is known to a current Rangers player, having spent time on loan at Shrewsbury Town with Greg Docherty last season.

Docherty (far right) reacts after an Oxford United player hacked down Campbell in League One action last season. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Verdict

Ross Wilson has been at pains to assert that Rangers aren’t looking to bring in masses of players in this window, but they are open to moves should the right player become available [Glasgow Times].

Given his contract situation, Campbell could fit that bill.

His overall stats for the season –  4 goals in 20 appearances – don’t make for particularly great reading.

However, Michael O’Neill appears to be getting plenty out of him recently and aged just 20, there’s a chance he could be prepared to come in as a backup option at Ibrox, with a view to becoming a more integral part of the playing squad next season.

Rangers are currently light up front with just two senior strikers and Alfredo Morelos set to miss the first three games after the winter break through suspension. Steven Gerrard could surely do with another out-and-out attacker to fall back on, so all the pressure doesn’t rest on Jermain Defoe’s shoulders.

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