Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill has reiterated how much he wants to keep Tyrese Campbell at the club and suggested that Celtic and Rangers wouldn’t be signing him for the right reasons.
The forward has been a real positive for the Potters recently, with his impressive brace in the win over Huddersfield last month highlighting his talent.
However, Campbell is out of contract in the summer and there are serious doubts as to where his long-term future will be – with the Glasgow giants showing an interest in the 20-year-old.
If Campbell did move to Scotland, or anywhere else outside England, then Stoke would be entitled to just £400,000 in compensation.
And, speaking to Stoke-On-Trent Live, O’Neill indicated that the price was a key factor in the interest from Celtic and Rangers instead of footballing reasons.
“Are they taking you because this is something they are able to exploit? Or are they taking you because they genuinely feel your are going to affect the team?
“If you were paying market value for Ty, would Celtic and Rangers be in the mix? I’m not so sure they would be, to be honest, because that would be a lot for a Scottish clubs and given what they’ve spent in the past. Knowing the structures of those two clubs fairly well, I’m not so sure that would be the case.”
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You can understand where O’Neill is coming from but it is perhaps slightly harsh and is clearly his way of trying to convince Campbell not to move to either side.
Whilst he wouldn’t be a regular for Celtic or Rangers now, they both need more depth up top and they will see the England youth international as someone who can develop into a regular in the years to come.
Of course, the price is factor and he would be a bargain but ultimately it’s Stoke’s fault for letting his contract run down.
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