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Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill faces a double approach from the SPFL after Rangers have followed Celtic and have reportedly identified teenage striker Tyrese Campbell as a transfer target ahead of the January window, according to Football Insider.
Rangers director of football Ross Wilson is closely monitoring the youngster’s situation at the bet365 Stadium with a bid of only £300,000 in compensation to Stoke for his signature likely, because of advantageous cross-border rules.
So would Campbell be a good addition at Ibrox and could he make the grade north of the border?
“Steven Gerrard has recruited very well in his time at Rangers by investing in youth and this would be another clever move to bolster their prospects for the coming years.
“Rangers have a number of players who have made the move up from the English leagues and performed well and Campbell can easily follow this trajectory.
“With Campbell’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, it would not cost a significant fee to prize him away from Stoke City if they wanted to sign him in January.
“The striker might not have the credentials to displace Alfredo Morelos or Jermaine Defoe at the minute but he will definitely improve for the future and become a first-team player.”
“This would be a useful addition for Rangers as the youngster would add some much needed pace to the Rangers attack, with Messrs Morelos and Defoe lacking in that area.
“He would also give Steven Gerrard the opportunity to start with a front two as opposed to starting with a lone striker as he has done for much of this campaign.
“He would also command a relatively low fee as he has hardly played for the Potters this term, therefore he would in theory fit perfectly into Rangers price range.
“It remains to be seen if Campbell will indeed be on the move or not although I expect there to be a lot of interest in the talented youngster who has so far failed to live up to his potential.”
Would Tyrese Campbell be a good addition at Ibrox?
“This would be an interesting move for Rangers to make given Campbell is currently not even playing regular football at Stoke, but it could work out as long as Campbell doesn’t expect regular football straight away.
‘Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe will certainly be ahead of the forward in Gerrard’s pecking order, but these are two top players Campbell could learn from to help aid his development.
“The 19-year-old has shown some glimpses of his quality for Stoke so far this term, but he has clearly not impressed Michael O’Neill who has not given him any minutes since his arrival.
“Campbell needs to improve his work rate and attitude in order to make it at a top level, and a switch to Rangers could certainly help him to start on a clean slate going forward.”