Both sides of the old firm are set to battle it out for the signature of out of contract Scotland striker James McFadden.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has publicly stated the need to bolster his attacking options and is currently in the market for another striker to add competition for places up front with Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes the only quality forwards available to him.
Giorgos Samaras and Daryl Murphy look set to be heading out the door marked exit with Murphy seeming to be only a bit part player under Lennon and Samaras reluctant to show his talents again with only four goals this season.
Celtic were hopeful of talented youngster Islam Feruz maybe making the step up from the reserves to the first team this season but the Celtic boss still seems unsure about him and looks set to turn to the former Everton and Motherwell forward to add to his strike force. Lennon sees McFadden’s hard working attitude and his natural talent to be a huge asset and would be delighted to be able to bring him to Parkhead. Celtic face stiff competition for his signature though from arch rivals Rangers.
Ibrox boss Ally McCoist takes charge of the club this season in his first year as a manager and would love to make the Birmingham City striker his first signing for the club and the first signing of the new Craig Whyte era. Rangers fans are desperate to see if their new owner is as good as his word and want to see new faces at the club having seen so few come in over recent years and McCoist sees McFadden as the ideal candidate to get things started.
With Rangers only really having Nikica Jelavic and Kyle Lafftery up front, McFadden would fit in well at Ibrox with his flair, eye for a pass and his ability to strike a ball. The Rangers boss has worked with McFadden previously when he was part of the Scotland management team so knows full well what he will bring to the table having both been a part of the team that twice beat France, McFadden of course scoring that wonder goal in Paris.
The Scotland striker who is out of contract at Birmingham City and is available on a free when the transfer window opens looks set to return to Scotland to try and revive his international career.
He has also never hidden the fact that he is a die hard Celtic fan and has rejected previous approaches from the Ibrox club to sign him in the past to maybe pave way for a move to The Hoops in the future. But with him being out of contract at Birmingham and his international career in the balance would McFadden be willing to turn his back on his boyhood hero’s and sign for the SPL champions instead?
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