Shrewsbury Town manager Sam Ricketts believes Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell would be able to handle the pressure of playing for either Celtic or Rangers.
Campbell has been an important player for Stoke this season, scoring four goals in 17 league appearances for the Potters, but with the January transfer window now open, his future at the club is uncertain.
The 20-year-old has played a key role in the club’s recent resurgence under Michael O’Neill, but with his contract at Stoke due to expire at the end of the season, he’s been linked with a move away from the club.
Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers are both thought to be interested in the attacker and will go head to head in a battle for his signature. Premier League clubs Wolves and Crystal Palace are also reportedly keen on the player.
Campbell, the son of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin, spent the second half of last season on loan at Shrewsbury, where he scored five goals in 15 appearances in League One.
Shrewsbury manager Ricketts is a big fan of Campbell and is confident that the striker would be able to make an impact for Celtic or Rangers.
Rickets told the Daily Record: “A move to either of the Old Firm wouldn’t faze him.”
He added: “He’s a goalscorer – give him the ball and he’ll score. He has been around football long enough with his dad that he would embrace the challenge of a big move.
“He has the mentality but most importantly has the quality to perform because if you produce the goods then pressure eases.”
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Campbell is a good striker and he’s got a lot of potential. There’s every chance that he could be tempted by the chance to move to Celtic or Rangers, so it’ll be very interesting to see what happens regarding his future at Stoke.
His performances for Stoke so far this season have been very positive and he should continue to improve and grow in confidence as he gains more experience as a striker.
Ricketts obviously seems to think he’s good enough to handle the pressure of playing for Celtic or Rangers, so it would be interesting to see if that’s true, as it would be different to anything he’s experienced so far in his career.
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