Rangers are set to step up their interest in young striker Tyrese Campbell, who has also attracted the attention of a Scottish Premiership rival.
The Daily Record reported that the ‘Gers are ready to table a bid for the Stoke youngster, who has been scouted regularly by the Ibrox club and has been on the radar of director of football Ross Wilson for some time.
Campbell had struggled to get into Stoke’s starting XI for much of this season but enjoyed an excellent festive period for Michael O’Neill’s side.
Having scored just one first team goal this season prior to Christmas, he netted a late equaliser in a dramatic win over Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day and then struck twice in the Potters’ 5-2 thrashing of Huddersfield last week, in which he also provided an assist.
That upturn in form could make Stoke more determined to keep him, although it is also likely to accelerate Rangers’ desire to beat arch-rivals Celtic in the chase for him.
If Campbell were to join Rangers this month, he would probably do so as backup to Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe, who have struck 42 goals between them this term. However, the ‘Gers have only one centre-forward alternative to that pair in Greg Stewart, which shows that they do not have huge depth in that position.
Following the aforementioned win at Huddersfield a week ago, Campbell has scored four goals in 558 Championship minutes this season, a return of one goal every 139.5 minutes in the English second tier.
Stewart’s record so far in 2019/20 reads three goals in 538 minutes in all competitions, an average of one goal every 179.33 minutes.
There are several good reasons why Rangers should spare no effort in trying to seal a deal for Campbell in the January transfer window.
He has come into good form and is available for a very low fee, while he would also add much-needed depth at centre-forward, especially with Morelos due to serve another suspension following his red card in the Glasgow derby at the end of December, his seventh since August 2018.
There would also be the added satisfaction of beating Celtic to the chase for him, so Rangers ought to do everything in their power to lure the 20-year-old to Ibrox this month.
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