Insider: rule-breaking Ranger being watched by West Ham after Celtic move
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West Ham United insider: Rangers rule-breaker on trial at Olympic Stadium

One of the Rangers Covid Five could yet land on his feet as Premier League outfit West Ham United reportedly take the player on trial.

Goalkeeper Brian Kinnear, 20, was one of five Rangers players who were caught breaching Covid-19 protocols earlier in the year during a national lockdown.

Rule-breaking Rangers kid Brian Kinnear is on trial at West Ham United. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Alongside Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey, Bongani Zungu and Dapo Mebude, Kinnear was eventually given a six-match suspension from the SFA as a result.


Despite Rangers fighting the punishments and forgiving the players involved, Kinnear was let go after his contract expired in the summer following a loan spell with League Two Annan Athletic.

Earlier reports claimed that the keeper was on trial at Championship Birmingham City [NTOF] but now a leading Hammers insider is claiming West Ham are taking a look.

“We can exclusively reveal that there are two young players on trial at the club,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way Patreon site.

“The first was covered on the podcast and that is Gio Loureiro a 15-year-old attacking Portuguese midfielder from Leicester City.

“The other is Brian Kinnear from Glasgow Rangers who was one of five players suspended by the Scottish champions for Covid breaks this season.

“Kinnear is a Scottish Under 21s keeper. You will hear first how those players get on.”

Interest in Kinnear also comes following the recruitment of Academy prospects Pierre Ekwah Elimby from Chelsea, Thierry Nevers from Reading and rival midfielder Armstrong Oko-flex from Celtic.

Ex-Rangers keeper Brian Kinnear could join ex-Celtic kid Armstrong Oko-Flex at West Ham United next season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Kinnear is one of three members of the Rangers Covid Five who has now left the club with Bongani Zungu returning to Amiens and Dapo Mebude being released.

The goalkeeper isn’t the only one who could be set for a move to the Premier League either as young striker Dapo is linked with a newly promoted club.

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