Rangers and their bitter rivals are locked in a transfer battle for young striker Tyrese Campbell, according to Sky Sports during this month’s window. Indeed, the 20-year-old has made 21 appearances for Stoke City this season, scoring four goals.
As per the report, Celtic are also keen on the player, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the campaign and this is the kind of deal both Scottish giants have explored in the past. Obviously, the Gers have benefitted (though to varying degrees) by moving for the likes of Joe Aribo, Josh Windass and Jordan Rossiter upon the expiration of their deals in England, while Celtic have done the same for players such as Moussa Dembele.
Arguably, his best performance to date came in the 5-2 win over Huddersfield on New Year’s Day, where he found the back of the net twice and also created a goal. Indeed, his average of 1.4 shots per game (WhoScored) actually sees him ranks fifth in the Stoke squad on that metric despite his lack of experience and he is also the Potters’ joint-second top scorer.
Should Campbell – the son of former Arsenal and Everton forward Kevin – move across the border, he would reportedly cost a fairly nominal fee of around £400k and Transfermarkt note he’s able to operate as both a centre-forward and on the wing, so there would certainly be benefits to such a move.
Furthermore, Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts – who took the player on loan last season – backed him to succeed in Scotland should he make a move to one of the Old Firm.
‘If Tyrese was under contract he would cost a good few million so the Old Firm would be getting him on the cheap – extremely cheap – at a fee in the region of £400,000’, he said (via the Daily Record).
Adding Campbell to their attacking ranks, that include the free-scoring Alfredo Morelos, could help Steven Gerrard eventually replace Jermain Defoe. While the former England striker remains a deadly figure in front of goal (BBC note he’s bagged a goal every 67 minutes this season), he is in his late 30s now and has previously spoken about a potential coaching role at Ibrox, so it surely makes sense to put together a succession plan.
Morelos himself has also been linked away, so beefing up the central striking ranks looks to be a smart idea.
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