Stoke City forward Tyrese Campbell has turned down the chance to make a move to the Scottish Premier League with either Celtic or Rangers, according to the Daily Record.
Campbell has really established himself as a crucial player for the Potters over the last few weeks, with the forward starting in each of the last three Championship matches, scoring twice from the right-hand side in a win at Huddersfield Town and netting the winning goal at West Brom from his natural centre forward role.
The 20-year-old’s contract is up at Stoke in the summer, and the forward was potentially looking like he could make a move away from the club, having not been given much regular game time in his preferred position throughout the campaign, but Michael O’Neill showed that he has faith in hi to lead the line by starting at West Brom up front.
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Were Campbell to have made the move to either Celtic or Rangers, who along with Sheffield United have all been linked with a move for the forward this month, it would have meant the Potters only potentially receiving a small compensation fee for him, but it is now thought he will not be heading to Scotland.
This is certainly a real boost for the Potters’ ambitions of keeping hold of Campbell in the long-term and also the short-term of ensuring he remains at the club for the rest of the campaign, which could see him play a vital role in O’Neill’s side moving away from any relegation danger.
The fact that he now looks likely to be remaining in England whether with the Potters or elsewhere, is good news for Stoke who would receive a much larger fee for the 20-year-old were to leave to another club in the Championship or Premier League.
O’Neill will still be hopeful of keeping hold of Campbell for the long-term, with the club needing to still fully convince him to sign a new deal and commit his future to the Potters – and it will be important for their progression that they do manage to keep of their best young talent.
One way which O’Neill could help is to give guarantees to Campbell over his future of playing up front for the rest of the season, with the striker having made his first start in that position under the Northern Irishman against West Brom last time out.