Celtic icon Chris Sutton believes the club may have to use a ‘rainy day fund’ to convince reported target Tyrese Campbell to join the club, writing in his Daily Record column.
As we discussed on Friday, both the Hoops and Rangers are set to negotiate with the player to sign a pre-contract, with his current deal at Stoke City running out at the end of the season.
The England U20 international is available for a budget cross-border compensation fee, similar to the deal that ensured Moussa Dembele arrived in Glasgow.
Sutton thinks the speculation is pretty interesting and harks back to the days when Celtic and the Ibrox club would regularly fight it out on transfers.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Sutton said: “Celtic and Rangers are both in for Stoke City’s Tyrese Campbell with a view to snapping the youngster up on a cross border pre-contract.
“It could be interesting to see if it comes down to the two Glasgow clubs which way he sways. But it is clear the pair of them are getting ready to go toe-to-toe again off the field as well as on it.
“I read this week the comparisons between the wages at both clubs and it’s clear the gap has closed. Rangers are edging closer and it now looks like they are operating in the same ballpark as Celtic.
“That’s not been the case for a number of years but there was a hint of it over the summer with Joe Aribo and now they are on a collision course over Campbell. This is where the rainy day fund will need to be put to use.”
Worth the fuss?
Pursuing young players with potential has paid off massively for Celtic over the last few years and we haven’t been shy recruiting from England either.
Jeremie Frimpong, Luca Connell and Lee O’Connor have all arrived at the club from English sides recently.
Campbell isn’t exactly lighting up the Championship but has scored three goals in his last four league matches, breaking into Michael O’Neill’s starting eleven.
It’s been previously reported that Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond has personally scouted the 20-year-old (The Daily Record), suggesting early reports of his ability were positive.
There seems little downside in a strong push to bring him to Celtic Park, especially if it comes at the expense of our rivals.