According to a recent report from Football Insider, Rangers look set to be disappointed in their pursuit of Kieran Dowell. The 21-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Everton having come up through the ranks at Goodison Park, although a lack of game time under new manager Marco Silva this season has called his future at the club into question.
And reports recently have suggested that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers were interested in the England Under-21 international, only for fresh reports to suggest that their interest looks set to fall by the wayside.
And while the report suggests that a loan move to an English club seems more likely, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic must seek to rub salt into Rangers’ wounds by striking a January deal for the £2.7 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the Bhoys failed to strengthen hugely during the summer transfer window much to the disappointment of manager Rodgers, with the ex-Liverpool chief only afforded six new signings, three of which were loan deals and two others were on free transfers.
And while Rodgers’ men currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership to again suggest they are the team to beat, the fact that both Rangers and indeed Kilmarnock have sat top of the pile in recent weeks suggests that they do need to strengthen in January if they are to fend off the Scottish duo – and that is why they must make a move for Everton’s Dowell.
The 21-year-old may have struggled greatly for regular football under Silva this term in turning out on just two occasions in the senior side, both of which in the Carabao Cup, but one mustn’t forget the excellent spell he had at Championship side Nottingham Forest last season to underline his quality in the final third of the pitch.
The Englishman, capped 12 times at Under-21 level by his country, scored nine goals and laid on four assists in only 38 league appearances for the East Midlands giants to help them to a 17th place finish in the Championship – not only was he creating goals, as one would expect from an attacking midfielder, but he was scoring his fair share as well.
Thus, being able to produce the goods in the notoriously difficult league that is the Championship is a pretty telling sign that Dowell is destined for big things in the future, but also that he can have a big impact in the present.
And that is why Celtic must seek to lure the 21-year-old to Parkhead come the New Year, as not only has Dowell got the ability in him to seriously help the Bhoys in the final third of the pitch, but under the stewardship of Rodgers, who has a proven track-record of nurturing and developing young players, he is only likely to improve.
As such, the Bhoys must seek to make a move for the young attacker in January, in a move which would no doubt rub salt into Rangers’ wounds given their own inability to lure Dowell to Glasgow.
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