Scottish Premiership sides Celtic and Rangers are interested in a potential move for Cardiff City centre-back Ciaron Brown, according to GiveMeSport.
The 23-year-old made just 12 Championship appearances last term and has failed to get on the pitch for the Bluebirds so far this term due to an injury, although GiveMeSport is also reporting they are keen to tie the defender down to a new deal at the Cardiff City Stadium.
As it stands, Brown has less than 12 months on his current deal in Wales and can open negotiations with other clubs in just a few months regarding a potential pre-contract agreement, something that has seemingly attracted the Scottish outfits to his signature.
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Despite graduating through the Welsh side’s academy system, he has already spent time in Scotland on loan in three separate spells at Livingston.
He was impressive north of the border between 2019 and 2021, playing his part in guiding his temporary side to an impressive fifth-place finish in the Scottish top tier, before going out on loan last season and being recalled by Mick McCarthy’s side due to his impeccable performances.
Championship rivals Middlesbrough decided to launch a bid for the 23-year-old in an attempt to lure him to the Riverside Stadium in the summer, but the Bluebirds held firm and are now looking to tie their asset down to a long-term contract, fending off interest from the likes of Celtic and Rangers who are likely to be in a battle for the Scottish Premiership title once again this season.
After seeing him in action in Scotland, it’s perhaps no surprise the duo are reportedly keen on his services. Although he was recalled by Cardiff in January, he still played a big part in following up their fifth-place finish from the 2019/20 campaign by helping them secure an also respectable sixth at the end of 2020/21.
However, Cardiff now need to take action after this latest development and guarantee Brown first-team football if they want to retain him. At 23, he’s at the stage of his career where he needs to be playing regularly, whether that’s in the Championship or elsewhere.
Many people have seen the likes of Rob Dickie and others take a step down in their career before coming back up, something the 23-year-old may probably be willing to do despite his ability just to get as many minutes as he can under his belt.
With Sean Morrison, Aden Flint and Curtis Nelson in the back three though, it might be a difficult task for him to force his way into the starting lineup when he finally does return, making his early-season injury disadvantageous to his cause.
However, the fact they do operate with a back three does give Brown a chance to step in with injuries and suspensions likely to creep in, so there’s every chance he will see his future being in Cardiff.