Stoke City forward Tyrese Campbell is interested in making a move to Rangers amid speculation over his future with the Potters, according to the Football Insider.
Campbell has emerged as a vital part of Michael O’Neill’s starting line-up over the last few weeks, with the forward having started the last three Championship matches, in which he scored a brace from the right-hand side at Huddersfield Town and the only goal of the game in Stoke’s 1-0 win at West Brom on Monday.
The forward had found his game time limited during the first few games of O’Neill’s tenure, but Campbell has now earned the trust of the Northern Irishman to lead the line for the Potters, after he started up front in his preferred position against West Brom, though he was forced off in the first half through injury.
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Campbell is out of contract at Stoke in the summer, and the forward has been linked with potential moves to Rangers, Celtic and Sheffield United this month, and it is now thought that the 20-year-old could be keen on making the move to Rangers and linking up with Steven Gerrard.
This would be a real blow for Stoke, who are clearly very keen to keep hold of Campbell this month and then hoping to convince him to commit his long-term future to the club, but their prospects of doing that will be negatively affected if he is interested in making the switch to Rangers.
Campbell is clearly now a key part of O’Neill’s plans, and the forward has made a real difference for the Potters in the last three Championship matches, helping to provide more energy and quality in the final third, which has seen Stoke pick up seven points from the last nine available.
However, the striker has found minutes in his preferred centre forward role difficult to come by throughout the campaign, and if he has been given assurances by Rangers that they will look to play him up front if he arrives at the club, then he might be eager to make that move.
Were Campbell to make the move to Rangers, Stoke would be left with little time to bring in a potential replacement, and O’Neill might be faced with the prospect of having to slightly tweak the way his side have been operating in the last few matches without the forward’s presence on the pitch.